Mixon racked up 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, adding five receptions for 27 yards during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Chargers. Mixon tore up a Chargers front seven that stymied star running backs David Johnson and James Conner to a combined 3.84 yards per carry and five receptions for 30 yards over its two most recent outings preceding Sunday. The second-year back didn't get the memo, as he rushed for five or more yards on eight of his 26 attempts en route to his second 100-yard rushing performance of 2018. He continues to provide considerable returns as a pass catcher as well, catching all 14 of his targets over the past three weeks for 106 yards. Week 15 brings a matchup against an Oakland defense that's tied for the most rushing yards surrendered to opposing backs this season with 1,595.
Mixon (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Mixon was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, but there never seemed to be much concern about his Week 14 availability. The Bengals are in a tough spot as heavy road underdogs this week, facing a Chargers defense that's tied for 13th in yards per carry (4.4) and 11th in rushing yards allowed (104 per game). Mixon and wideout Tyler Boyd are doing their best to keep an injury-depleted offense afloat.
Mixon (foot) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Mixon may need to practice fully Friday to avoid carrying a designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers, but he probably would have been withheld entirely from sessions Wednesday and Thursday if there was truly significant concern about the health of his foot. Assuming he ultimately receives clearance to play this weekend, Mixon should be on tap to fill his usual duties as the Bengals' lead option out of the backfield, though his workload on the ground could be depressed more than normal if the heavily favored Chargers race out to a big lead early on.
Mixon (foot) was spotted at practice Thursday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Mixon was listed as limited Wednesday, but his presence at practice Thursday suggests that his foot issue is something that is being managed, as opposed to being the result of a practice setback. We'll circle back on his status later Thursday to see how the Bengals list his level of participation.
Mixon rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries and added 13 yards on two catches during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Denver. Mixon has now averaged at least 5.5 yards per carry in four of his last five games. The second-year back was pummeling the Broncos to start the game but saw his opportunities shrink after Denver's offense heated up in the third quarter. Mixon garnered just four carries in the second half, gaining an impressive 23 yards on them, as the Bengals were forced to throw from behind and the Broncos were able to key on the running game with A.J. Green (foot) out. The Broncos have had their issues against the run but had improved as of late. Next Sunday brings a middle-of-the-pack Chargers run defense, which has surrendered 4.4 yards per carry this season.
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