Bengals Sending Confusing Mixed Messages on Joe Mixon Injury

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Cincinnati Bengals are sending mixed messages about Joe Mixon injury.
The Cincinnati Bengals are sending mixed messages about Joe Mixon injury. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been out since his team's Week 6 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Mixon suffered a foot injury in the first half of that game that has lingered, with the running back unable to practice since Oct. 21.

According to Bengals, Mixon does not have what they consider to be a "major injury" despite the RB's extended absence.

Mixon's inability to suit up in the past four games, and the fact that he hasn't been able to practice at all, should be concerning for any Bengals fan. It raises questions about how serious the injury is, or if there's an unknown issue that's keeping Mixon out of the lineup.

The RB was in the middle of another productive season prior to his injury. He averaged nearly 20 carries for 71.3 yards per game while adding 3.5 receptions and another 23 yards a game through the air. His standout performance came in Week 4, when he burned the Jacksonville Jaguars for 181 total yards and 3 TDs (two rushing and 1 receiving).

With Mixon out against the Washington Football Team in Week 11, backup Giovani Bernard will be relied upon once again in the backfield. He's averaging 12 attempts and 5.3 targets per game with Mixon sidelined.

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