Running back Joe Mixon and Bengals seemed to have dodged a bullet against the Seahawks.
Mixon left yesterday’s game early in the third quarter with what was diagnosed as an ankle sprain. On replay, it showed a Seahawks defensive lineman falling on Mixon’s ankle as he was going down, and it looked scary at first. Thankfully, initial reports stated that the injury was nothing too serious, and that still seems to be case.
The Bengals could have Mixon back for next Sunday’s game against the 49ers, per Tom Pelissero:
Update: Mixon’s MRI results came back “all good,” source said. He might even have a shot to play Week 2 vs. #49ers. Either way, no extended absence expected. Good news for #Bengals. https://t.co/tmwIgUCA3R— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 9, 2019
While he was out of the game, Mixon wasn’t exactly resting his ankle. It didn’t appear to be serious at the time, but the team was smart not to risk letting him play through it.
Mixon and the Bengals’ offense rushed for a mere 34 yards on 14 attempts as the Seahawks defense sold out to stop the run for most of the game.
Thankfully, Mixon shouldn’t miss much practice time this week, but it wouldn’t hurt for head coach Zac Taylor to proceed with caution, as he’s already without rookie running back Trayveon Williams for the time being.
We’ll have to wait and see if Mixon will be ready to play against the 49ers in the Bengals’ home opener.