Mixon rushed 11 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while catching four of seven targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh. Mixon gave his team a 21-20 lead with 1:18 remaining on a four-yard rushing score. Cincinnati likely regrets not giving Mixon more work, as he was extremely effective on a per-touch basis. Expect more opportunities for the workhorse running back against the vulnerable Chiefs defense in Week 7.
Mixon (knee) is in uniform Sunday against the Dolphins, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Barring any setbacks, Mixon should be in line to head the team's Week 5 backfield, but per Hobson, "it's unclear how much he'll be able to play with the 82-degree heat testing his conditioning." As a result, the Bengals elected to activate Thomas Rawls on Sunday to provide depth behind Mixon and Mark Walton. With that in mind, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com suggests that Walton -- who logged five carries for nine yards in Week 4 -- could be turned to Sunday when Mixon (whose conditioning following his absence could be an issue) needs a breather.
Although both Mark Walton and Thomas Rawls are active for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Dolphins, Mixon is still expected to see a solid workload in his return from a knee injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Rawls doesn't figure to be any serious threat to touches and is likely only active as an emergency option, while the rookie Walton only has four carries on the season. However, with Mixon seeing his first game action after missing the last pair of contests following arthroscopic knee surgery, it's not surprising Cincinnati will insulate themselves against a setback with a full complement of backs in the absence of Mixon's primary backup Giovani Bernard (knee).
Though Mixon (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Dolphins, coach Marvin Lewis said the 22-year-old could be eased into the backfield mix in his return from a two-game absence, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. After requiring a scope of his right knee Sept. 15, Mixon proved his health by practicing Wednesday through Friday, concluding his preparations for Sunday with a full participation in the final session of the week. While it appears all is sound with his knee, Mixon's conditioning took a hit while he rehabbed the injury, so Lewis may not be eager to hand the second-year back a massive workload right away. Unfortunately for the Bengals, change-of-pace option Giovani Bernard (knee) won't be available to relieve Mixon after sustaining an MCL sprain that will likely sideline him for 2-to-4 weeks, so it appears rookie Mark Walton will handle the top backup role against Miami.
Mixon (knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Mixon's return to the mix couldn't come at a better time with Giovani Bernard (knee) having been ruled out for Week 5 after filling in for Mixon as the starter the past two games. With his health in order, Mixon is thus poised to head the Bengals' backfield this weekend, with Mark Walton on hand to serve in a backup capacity.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||27.67|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||21.20|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||4||12.40|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||15.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||178||626||4||30||287||0||110|