Perine rushed 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Ravens. Perine turned in his best performance of the season in this one, but his final stat line may be deceiving. The veteran back received a huge uptick in touches -- 11 to starter Joe Mixon's 12 -- due to the blowout nature of the contest in the fourth quarter. Not to take anything away from his production, but the majority of his positive gains came on a 46-yard touchdown scamper late in the final period. The big play may earn Perine a few more looks next week against the Jets, but fantasy managers should not overreact to what might end up being an anomalous outing for the backup.
Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Perine will be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but the running back won't have a set role for the Week 7 matchup, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. After a week-long stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Perine returned to practice Thursday and looks to be back to full speed. Though Perine had served as the clear No. 2 back behind starter Joe Mixon through the first five games, his absence in the Week 6 win over the Lions allowed rookie Chris Evans to see his largest role to date. Evans was efficient with his 16 snaps (four carries for 18 yards, three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown), and his strong showing may have allowed him to leapfrog Perine in the pecking order. Taylor noted that Evans and Perine are both capable pass catchers, runners and blockers, so no particular game script would seem to suit one better than the other.
The Bengals reinstated Perine (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Perine had resided on the list since Oct. 11 after testing positive for the virus. Now that he's completed a quarantine and has cleared all health and safety protocols, Perine should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Chris Evans served as the top backup to Joe Mixon in last week's win over Detroit, but Perine could reclaim the No. 2 role Week 7, especially after Evans was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
Perine was not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and thus will not be eligible to play Sunday against the Lions. Perine needed to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday in order to have a shot at playing. Instead the team opted to elevate Trayveon Williams from the practice squad with the intention of him acting as Joe Mixon's (ankle) primary backup. Perine saw a season-high 11 carries in the Week 5 loss to the Packers, but that workload was largely due to Mixon's ankle sprain and is not expected to translate to Williams with Mixon on the mend.
Perine's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Monday was the result of a positive test, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Since Perine was deactivated as a result of a positive test rather than through contact-tracing reasons, he may not clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocol ahead of the Bengals' next game Sunday in Detroit. The development is a less-than-ideal one for the Bengals, given that top back Joe Mixon was able to handle only a limited role in the Week 5 loss to the Packers while managing an ankle injury. While Mixon's workload was restricted, Perine picked up a season-high 11 carries and gained 59 yards. He also drew five targets, hauling in four of them for 24 yards and a score. With Perine sidelined and Mixon banged up, rookie Chris Evans is the only healthy back on the roster, so expect Cincinnati to add another body at the position ahead of the matchup with the Lions.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||32||28.33|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||19.43|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||30||23.33|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||14||16.67|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||20||18.71|
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|3 Year Avg||25||116||1||5||24||0||19|