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Injury updates on Joe Mixon and Jonah Williams

Both players are now on injured reserve but could come off it before the season ends.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Bengals even hit the practice field Wednesday, they got several bits of bad news on the injury front.

The first was left tackle Jonah Williams going on injured reserve due to a knee injury. Williams has easily been the Bengals’ best offensive lineman this season, not to mention he’s the blindside protector, so losing him is going to be a big hit to an already-struggling offense.

The good news is Williams’ injury isn’t too serious, and he could return in Week 17 vs. the Ravens.

Making matters worse for the Bengals’ offense is running back Joe Mixon will not come off injured reserve this week, according to head coach Zac Taylor.

Mixon is still recovering from a foot injury suffered on Oct. 18 vs. the Colts. He’s missed the six games, so it’s pretty clear the injury was worse than initially believed. Mixon was sent to IR back on Nov. 21, so he’s eligible to return any week now.

For now, not having either guy will be a big blow to the Bengals’ chances of taking down the Cowboys in Week 14.

With Williams out, rookie Hakeem Adeniji is in line to start at left tackle, while Giovani Bernard will continue to start at running back as long as Mixon is out.