Coach Marvin Lewis hinted that he expects Mixon (knee) to return for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports "The sun is up," Lewis said Wednesday. "It's a bright sunny day out there. Joe has worked hard."
Mixon relayed the same expectation earlier Wednesday, saying he would "for sure" make it back for Week 5 after missing the past two games. He didn't record any level of practice participation last week, but he did take part in an on-field workout prior to Sunday's 37-36 win over the Falcons. Working his way back from Sept. 15 arthroscopic surgery, Mixon seems to be on track for a return to practice Wednesday or Thursday. Another update will be available Wednesday afternoon when the Bengals release their initial injury report for Week 5.
Mixon (knee) hasn't received clearance for the Bengals' Week 5 matchup with the Dolphins but said Wednesday that he would "for sure" play in the contest, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
While it can be taken as a positive that Mixon his optimistic about playing this weekend, he'll first need to prove his health by returning to the practice field. Since undergoing an arthroscopic procedure Sept. 15 to address a slight meniscus tear in his right knee, Mixon has yet to progress beyond working out on a side field. The Bengals will release their first practice report of Week 5 later Wednesday, which will offer a better gauge regarding where Mixon stands in his recovery.
As a result, Giovani Bernard will once again lead the Bengals' backfield Week 4, with Mark Walton on hand to serve in a backup capacity. Mixon has noted that his knee is feeling good these days, but it's still too early to know if a return to action Week 5 is in the cards for him.
Mixon (knee) revealed Wednesday that his recent procedure addressed a slight meniscus tear, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
On the plus side, the running back indicates that his right knee is already feeling better, and though he's destined to miss Sunday's game against the Panthers, his absence shouldn't be an extended one. While Mixon is sidelined in Week 3, Giovani Bernard is in line to head the Bengals' backfield, per Geoff Hobson of the team's official site. Additionally, look for rookie Mark Walton and new signee Thomas Rawls to be eased into the mix this weekend.
Mixon (knee) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The extra time between games will benefit Mixon's recovery timeframe, but he is still likely to miss at least one game. The second year running back was clearly playing through pain in the second half of Thursday's 34-23 victory over the Ravens, so he and the Bengals opted the surgery route in order to get ahead of the curve and avoid a lingering issue. Giovani Bernard figures to be primed for a large workload in the immediate future while MIxon is sidelined.
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||8:20 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|