We’ve got a slightly positive update. While it looks like Joe Mixon will have the surgery, it’s not expected to keep him out long, according to Adam Schefter.
Bengals’ RB Joe Mixon has a small particle in his knee that was dislodged Thursday night and is scheduled to be removed with a procedure Friday, per source. The procedure is expected to sideline Mixon two weeks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2018
Correction: Joe Mixon's procedure is schedule for Saturday,. https://t.co/RNxE7JKQ1A— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2018
In the meantime, Giovani Bernard is the man. He’s proven he can carry the workload before, though Mixon is who you want for the bulk of a season.
The Bengals may be without Joe Mixon when they face the Panthers in Week 3, and possibly beyond that.
Mixon suffered a knee injury early in Thursday’s win over the Ravens, which led to him going in and out of the game through the fourth quarter. Turns out, Mixon may need a surgical procedure to repair the damage that was done, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:
The #Bengals fear RB Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery to clean up the knee he injured in last night’s win over the #Ravens and miss some time, sources tell @MikeGarafolo and me. He’ll get a second opinion first.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 14, 2018
Any kind of surgery on the knee usually leads to a multi-week absence, so this is really bad news for the Bengals if he does need the procedure. It’s also going to look really bad on the medical staff if they allowed Mixon to re-enter the game and cause further damage to the knee.
Then again, the Bengals’ medical personnel are no strangers to controversy and mismanaging injured players, so this wouldn’t be a real surprise.
Regardless, it’s a big story to monitor going forward. And for now, Giovani Bernard looks like the Bengals’ top running back.