Running back Joe Mixon, who’s been out for two weeks with a concussion, has a chance to clear the NFL concussion protocol early this week, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Zac Taylor says there's a chance Joe Mixon can clear the concussion protocol early this week #Bengals— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) December 5, 2022
In Mixon’s last full game played, he rushed for four touchdowns and caught one against the Carolina Panthers. Samaje Perine has filled his spot wonderfully, as he’s averaged four yards per carry and scored four touchdowns since Mixon’s concussion occurred in Week 11. How the team rotates both backs will be fascinating to watch when Mixon does return.
While Mixon may play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Hayden Hurst is likely to be sitting out. The tight end injured his calf against the Kansas City Chiefs and didn’t return. Taylor said Hurst is doubtful to play this week.
Zac: Hayden Hurst is doubtful for this week— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 5, 2022
Hurst’s injury may sideline him for multiple weeks if Taylor is already virtually declaring him out a day after the injury, but it’s still early to determine the extent of the injury.