Unfortunately, on the game-winning drive, star running back Joe Mixon suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the rest of the game.
Head coach Zac Taylor said in his post-game press conference that he thought it was a minor injury.
“I think it’s a minor ankle injury, I believe,” Taylor stated. “I would have to confirm, but he was moving around on it coming off the field. I had no idea what the diagnosis or timeline was.”
Today, Taylor declined to give an update on Mixon while saying he believes all injured Bengals have a shot to play in Week 5 vs. the Green Bay Packers.
#Bengals coach Zac Taylor said no update on Mixon, had a minor ankle injury, but overall he feels good about the guys coming off injuries. All those guys will have a chance (to possibly play next Sunday against Green Bay).— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) October 1, 2021
In addition, former NFL team doctor and injury expert David Chao watched a video of Mixon’s injury. Chao believes Mixon suffered a “minor high ankle injury” that could keep him out a few games.
“There’s a chance he could play next week in Week 5, but the reality is he may and likely will miss some time. He should not make IR because it still is minor. That’s at least my hope.”
The Bengals will be looking to improve to 4-1 on October 10th when they face the Packers in Paul Brown Stadium. Although, they may have to face that task without their star running back.
If Mixon is out, Samaje Perine figures to get a heavy workload with rookie Chris Evans also getting extended playing time. The Bengals may also use one of their two practice squad call-ups to get Trayveon Williams on the gameday roster vs. Green Bay is Mixon is inactive. Williams is the only true running back on the practice squad, though receiver Pooka Williams is a former running back as well.