The Cincinnati Bengals could be without their starting running back for a few games.
Per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Joe Mixon suffered a low-grade ankle sprain during the Bengals’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Schefter says the injury has Mixon’s status at “week-to-week.”
If Mixon is truly week-to-week, then it’s likely he’ll miss the team’s next game against the Green Bay Packers on October 10th. It could also mean they’ll place Mixon on Injured Reserve with the hope he can return after three weeks. It was speculated that Mixon’s injury could sideline him for a few weeks, but now we seem to have confirmation.
A fifth-year player, Mixon didn’t really have to deal with major injuries until last season. Just seven weeks after inking a four-year, $48 million extension with the Bengals, Mixon suffered a foot injury that would sideline him for the remainder of 2020.
Cincinnati has just two other running backs on their active roster in Samaje Perine and rookie Chris Evans. Mixon’s injury could prompt them to sign a free agent running back. The more likely outcome would be Trayveon Williams is elevated off the practice squad.
Head coach Zac Taylor should provide more clarity to Mixon’s injury when he speaks to the media this week.