The 2020 season has come to an end for Bengals running back Joe Mixon.
On Monday, head coach Zac Taylor announced that Mixon will not be activated from injured reserve for the team’s Week 17 clash with the Ravens. That means Mixon has seen his last snap this season after injuring his foot in Week 6 vs. the Colts.
Mixon was placed on injured reserve in Week 11, so he’s been eligible to get an IR-return designation for several weeks now. The team has been mum on his recovery, so it’s unclear if he’s not healthy enough to play, or if they’re simply playing it safe and not risking further injury heading into the offseason.
For the season, Mixon started six games with 119 rushes for 428 yards and three scores, as well as 21 catches for 138 yards and another touchdown. This comes after the Bengals signed Mixon to a four-year, $48 million extension in September, which made him the highest-paid running back in Bengals history and the sixth highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.
Despite the loss of Mixon, the Bengals have still been getting good production out of the running back position in recent weeks.
Giovani Bernard has ran for 148 yards, caught passes for eighty yards and scored twice over his last two games.
Samaje Perine is coming off a 95-yard, two-score performance on just 13 carries vs. the Texans, which included a 46-yard rushing touchdown. He also caught four balls for 41 yards.
The Bengals will hope for similar performances this week when they look to upset the Ravens as double-digit underdogs.
I asked Bengals coach Zac Taylor why Joe Mixon was on a week-to-week basis and not ruled out weeks earlier. Here's Taylor's full response: pic.twitter.com/cwx6k2fqoZ— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 28, 2020