Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Date of Birth:  07/24/1996
Age:  24
Height  6'1"
Weight:   226
College:  Oklahoma
Drafted:  2017 | Round 2 | Pick 48
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

The Bengals placed Joe Mixon (foot) on injured reserve.

Including tomorrow (for which he was already ruled out) Mixon will now miss at least three more games with his foot issue. For what was though to be a minor issue when the injury first occurred, this has to be frustrating for fantasy owners (and of course for Mixon, who wants to get back on the field). Mixon will have missed at least six games when he's eligible to return in Week 14. Giovani Bernard will lead the Bengals backfield over the next few weeks, with Samaje Perine getting work behind him and potentially down by the goal line.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) will not play in Week 11.

Mixon has yet to return to practice, so it’s not a surprise that the Bengals have opted to rule him out ahead of the weekend. Mixon has been out since Week 6 due to his foot issue, which has been called day-to-day for a while now. This is Mixon’s fourth consecutive missed game.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) officially did not practice today.

Mixon looks poised to miss this Sunday against Washington, but we’ll see if he can get back on the practice field tomorrow before the final Week 11 injury report is released.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) officially did not practice today.

The Bengals continue to call Mixon day-to-day, but it's difficult to feel good about his Week 11 status at this point. Mixon might need to get on the practice field tomorrow to have a legit shot to play on Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) has officially been ruled out for Week 10.

Mixon was listed as doubtful on the final injury report yesterday, and he presumably won't be making the trip to Pittsburgh and thus has been ruled out. Giovani Bernard, who has handled 18 touches in two starts this season, should receive a solid workload tomorrow.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) officially did not practice today.

It’s time to be very concerned about Mixon’s Week 10 status if you weren’t already. Two consecutive missed practices to star the week indicates that he must get on the practice field tomorrow to have a shot to play Sunday against the Steelers. Giovani Bernard is worth a pickup if he was dropped in your league and remains available.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) officially did not practice today.

This isn't a great start to the week for Mixon coming off the bye, but it's only Wednesday, so hopefully the star runner can return to practice tomorrow or Friday. If he's unable to get on the field on at least a limited basis tomorrow, there would be major cause for concern regarding his Week 10 status.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) has officially been ruled out for Week 8.

Mixon did not practice all week, so this was expected. Giovani Bernard will again lead the Cincinnati backfield, and he’s a strong option against the Titans after a sizable workload last week. The Bengals have a Week 9 bye, so hopefully Mixon is ready to return in a couple of weeks versus the Steelers.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) will not play in Week 7.

Mixon was able to finish last week's game with his foot issue, so it's a bit of a surprise that he's now being ruled out already ahead of the weekend for Week 7. Giovani Bernard will take over the lead role in the Cincinnati backfield, and he's a solid fantasy option this week. Hopefully this isn't a lengthy absence for Mixon, but we'll see if more information becomes available ahead of next week.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) officially did not practice today.

There is some definite cause for concern regarding Mixon's Week 7 status, but hopefully he's able to end the week with at least a limited practice tomorrow. Mixon was able to finish last week's game while dealing with his foot issue, so hopefully he's just giving it a rest during practice this week.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) has returned for the Bengals.

Mixon missed some time in the second quarter, but he's good to return the game here in the second half. Mixon already has one touchdown today.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) is questionable to return.

A foot injury is obviously not something fantasy owners want to hear, but hopefully it’s minor and the star runner can return. If not, Giovani Bernard will lead the Cincinnati backfield for the rest of the day.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (shin) is officially active for Week 5.

While Mixon was listed as questionable entering the weekend, there was little doubt the star running back would play despite this minor shin issue. Mixon is coming off an exceptional three-touchdown performance last Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (shin) is officially questionable for Week 5.

We highly doubt Mixon misses this Sunday against the Ravens with this shin issue, so it'll probably be the same as last week where the questionable tag has no impact on Mixon's availability. Just double check on Sunday to ensure that the star running back is active for Week 5.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (chest) is officially active for Week 4.

There was some concern when Mixon was added to the injury report yesterday, but his streak of consecutive games played will extend to 32 today. You can keep Mixon in fantasy lineups as usual despite the chest issue.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (chest) is now questionable for Week 4.

Mixon was suddenly added to the injury report and is now not locked in to play tomorrow against the Jaguars. Being added to the injury report the day before a game is not a great sign, but hopefully Mixon is ready to go tomorrow. The good news is that the Bengals kickoff at 1:00 PM ET, so Mixon's status will be known by late tomorrow morning.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

The Bengals are signing Joe Mixon to a long-term extension.

It's reportedly a four-year deal tacked on top of the final season of Mixon's rookie contract, so this will keep the former second-round pick in Cincinnati through his age-28 season in 2024. This ends the quasi-holdout Mixon was seemingly having in recent days, and you can feel comfortable drafting the Bengals workhorse in the first round of fantasy drafts in all formats. Mixon is undoubtedly one of the most talented running backs in football, and he can add more as a receiver if the Bengals use him more there moving forward. We'll see if this does anything for Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara, as both are also looking for new contracts with the season approaching.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is dealing with migraines.

Mixon has missed some practice time recently, and this explains it. Migraines can be very difficult to deal with, but the talk is that Mixon is expected to return to the field soon. Also keep in mind that Mixon is looking for a new contract as he heads into the final year of his rookie deal.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon carries Bengals to Week 17 win.

Mixon rushed 26 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, also adding a 14-yard reception. The year started slow for Mixon in a new offense, but he completely dominated in the fantasy playoffs (Week 14-Week 17) with a pace for 1,976 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, so the future remains very bright for Cincinnati's offensive centerpiece. The Bengals are likely to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, and A.J. Green coming back would give the Bengals plenty of offensive firepower to lighten up boxes. Mixon is squarely in the first-round conversation for fantasy drafts next season.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon continues second half surge with 26-touch game against the Browns.

In a hard-fought loss to Cleveland, Mixon rushed 23 times for 146 yards and one touchdown, also adding three receptions for 40 yards. Since the bye, the talented back has handled 23.0 touches per game as the clear centerpiece of Zac Taylor's offense, and that workload should continue next week when the Patriots come to town. New England should be determined after back-to-back losses, but Mixon's individual ability combined with projected workload will leave him on the RB2 radar.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon racks up 32 touches in Week 10.

The Bengals were destroyed by the Ravens, but that didn't stop Cincinnati from trying to get their rushing attack going, handing Mixon 30 carries for 114 yards along with two receptions for 37 yards. In the last two games, Mixon now has touch totals of 21 and 32, which is the type of workload fantasy owners expected when they selected him with a high pick in drafts over the summer. The 23-year-old faces a tough Raiders defense next week, but you can be more confident with him in your lineup given the workload he's received in the past couple of weeks.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Jaguars shut down Joe Mixon the ground in Week 7.

Mixon carried ten times for just two yards against Jacksonville's resurgent run defense, as there really wasn't room to run for the third-year running back behind an offense line that has not played well this season. Mixon was able to score a touchdown on a two-yard reception (his lone catch of the day), but it was another disappointing fantasy performance overall for Mixon. Cincinnati's offense has been one of the worst in the league this season, and there aren't many opportunities for the talented Mixon to do much damage. Despite the workload potential in Zac Taylor's offense, it looks like it's going to be difficult for Mixon—who has single-digit fantasy points in five of seven games this season—to turn this season around for fantasy owners that invested a high selection on him this summer. We'll see if Mixon can get it going against the Rams for a Week 8 game in London.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon struggles in Bengals' Week 2 loss.

Cincinnati was blown out by San Francisco, so it wasn't a spectacular effort for the team overall; but Mixon carried 11 times for just 17 yards and added three receptions for ten yards. The third-year running back was toughing out an ankle injury and is not at 100%, and he has just 17 carries for 27 yards along with five receptions for 17 yards this season. The offensive line was a concern coming into the year, but this is about as poor of a start imaginable for the AFC's leading rusher from last season. The good news is it can only go up from here for Mixon, and he is a prime buy-low candidate, as fantasy owners that drafted him early are almost certainly frustrated and looking to part ways with him.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) is officially active against the 49ers.

Mixon reportedly participated in the Bengals’ walkthrough late in the week, and he’s ready to go for the team’s Week 2 matchup. Mixon probably isn’t quite at full strength, but you can safely lock him into fantasy lineups despite a disappointing outing to open the season.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 2.

After missing the last two practices, Mixon was able to participate on a limited basis today. We expect Mixon will be good to go on Sunday against the Niners, but check back in to confirm his status at 11:30 AM ET on game day.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Mixon worked off to the side, but he was officially a non-participant in practice. The third-year running back is almost certainly headed for a questionable tag when the official Week 2 injury report is released sometime tomorrow, but hopefully he can at least end the week with a limited practice.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) is not practicing today.

While a limited practice would have been a good sign, it's not surprising that Mixon is being held out of the week's first practice. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor called Mixon "day-to-day" earlier today, and he could be trending toward a gametime call on Sunday. We expect he'll be out there against the Niners, but check back on his status the next couple of days.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) has a shot to play in Week 2, according to Tom Pelissero.

The MRI on his injured ankle came back "all good," so this is obviously excellent news for those who spent a first- or second-round pick on the talented runner. More concerning than the injury is Cincinnati's offensive line, but if Mixon is able to suit up next week against the 49ers, he needs to be in lineups.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) did not return to today's game.

Now we just have to hope Mixon's ankle injury doesn't keep him out for much longer than today. Before leaving, Mixon had six carries for ten yards and caught two passes for seven yards. If he's expected to miss more time, Giovani Bernard, Samaje Perine, and Trayveon Williams might all be worth exploring on the waiver wire (Bernard would be the top recommended pickup of the trio). Cincinnati faces San Francisco next Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) is questionable to return against the Seahawks.

Mixon was limping noticeably on the sideline, and now he's headed to the locker room to get his left ankle checked out. Giovani Bernard will likely handle most of the touches while Mixon remains out, but hopefully the third-year runner can return soon.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon says he's getting in shape to carry the football 400 times this season.

With former Rams quarterbacks coach and new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor now leading Cincinnati's offense, Mixon says he's been watching tape of Todd Gurley and believes he can stay in the 222-pound range (Gurley is 227 pounds). Mixon is staying in shape so that he can handle 400 carries in 2019 (not including receptions), stating: "I’m trying to be in the best shape to be able to handle that load because it’s not easy. I know I could do it. You always have to expect [400 carries]. Even if it doesn’t happen, you have to always expect it. And I always try to do whatever I can to maximize my ability. I feel like with what I can do, I should be able to do that easily." No running back has eclipsed 400 carries since Larry Johnson broke the NFL record with 416 in 2006, and it's unlikely Mixon hits the mark. But he'll certainly be a workhorse like Gurley is in LA, so he should be one of the better early selections in fantasy drafts this summer. Mixon was already one of the most consistent players in fantasy last season, so he offers a great floor along with sky-high upside.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

The Bengals have officially hired Zac Taylor as their head coach.

This has obviously been expected to happen for weeks, but the former Rams quarterbacks coach couldn't be officially hired while the Rams continued on their run to the Super Bowl. It's cool that Taylor, who played quarterback at the University of Nebraska, is getting the opportunity to coach a team that he apparently really wanted to coach. It's unclear what quarterback Andy Dalton's status is with Cincinnati, as Taylor might ultimately want to bring in his own guy at quarterback. This hiring is good news for running back Joe Mixon, as this Bengals offense could run a lot through the all-around playmaker that can do some of the things Todd Gurley has done in Los Angeles in Sean McVay's offense. It's a quick rise for Taylor, but the Bengals have some dynamic players on offense for the new young head coach to work with.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon goes over 100 yards in Week 17 loss.

Mixon, who curiously didn't start the game, rushed 13 times for 105 yards. He also caught a two-yard pass on his only target. The second-year back was basically the entire Cincinnati offense over the past month, and he ends his breakout campaign with 237 attempts for 1,168 yards (4.9 YPC) and eight touchdowns, also adding a 43/296/1 receiving line. The Bengals will certainly add talent in the offseason, and it will be interesting to see the offensive system of a new coaching staff. Right now, Mixon should be treated as a high-floor RB1 that's worthy of top-15 consideration in all formats next summer.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon handles 19 touches in Week 16 loss.

Mixon rushed 17 times for 68 yards, also adding two receptions for ten yards. It was a floor game for the second-year back, but he was able to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground (1,063), and he will have a real shot at claiming the rushing title in the AFC next week against Pittsburgh. The Bengals might not have the weaponry to keep up, though, so Mixon will be more of a low-end RB1 than solid RB1 to close out 2018.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon carries Bengals offense to win over the Raiders.

Mixon carried 27 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns along with two receptions for one yard in Cincinnati's Week 15 victory. Throughout the game, Mixon gashed Oakland's defense in a dominant showing. His first touchdown was on a fourth-and-goal run where he went low and powered into the end zone while defenders tried to stop a leaping attempt, and his second touchdown was on an outside run where he zoomed to the end zone for 15 yards. Mixon also had a career-long 47-yard run on which he put a nice juke move on Raiders safety Karl Joseph. This was one of the best games of the second-year running back's young career, and he's feeling it right now with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games with three scores in that span. At five rushing yards away from 1,000 on the season, Mixon will remain an excellent option in the first week of fantasy championships next Sunday against a Bengals team he had 155 total yards against in Week 12.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon handles 31 touches as Bengals nearly upset the Chargers.

Mixon rushed 26 times for 111 yards and one touchdown, also adding five receptions (on six targets) for 27 yards. The workload was what fantasy owners have been waiting for in the second half of the season, and it came at the perfect time with fantasy playoffs underway. The second-year back consistently picked up tough yardage to keep Cincinnati in the game, and his one-yard score in the fourth quarter made it a 23-21 game before Los Angeles hit a field goal and held on. Mixon has now cleared 82 rushing yards in each of the past three games, and he needs to be in all lineups as a high-floor RB1 for Week 15 against the Raiders.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is off the Week 14 injury report.

Mixon was limited in practice this week because of a foot injury, but it was just a minor ailment that wasn’t much of a concern. He’s ready to go for Sunday against the Chargers, and he’ll be a high-floor option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) remains limited in practice.

Mixon’s foot issue still isn’t thought to be a big issue, but check back tomorrow when the final Week 14 injury report is released to ensure there’s no uncertainty about his status for the first week of the fantasy playoffs heading into the weekend.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (foot) was limited in today's practice.

Mixon is thought to be fine, but we'll track his status the next couple of days to ensure he's ready to go for Week 14 against the Chargers.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 14 touches in Week 13.

Mixon carried 12 times for 82 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for 13 yards versus the Broncos. Denver has been playing well defensively, but Mixon ran the ball well with his opportunities. He surprisingly hasn't received 15+ carries in a game since Week 8, but the talented second-year running back will remain a high-floor RB1/RB2 option next week against the Chargers.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 21 touches against the Browns.

Mixon carried 14 times for 89 yards and caught seven passes (on seven targets) for 66 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss. It was good to see Mixon remain heavily involved on offense despite the team falling behind big early in the game, and the second-year running back continues to offer a high floor in fantasy lineups. Next week against a Broncos defense that's been playing tougher against the run in recent weeks isn't an easy matchup, but Mixon is at least an RB1/RB2 option in Week 13 fantasy lineups. If Andy Dalton (thumb) is out, the running threat of athletic quarterback Jeff Driskel might help open up some running lanes for Mixon.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon scores in loss to the Ravens.

Mixon rushed 12 times for 14 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions (on three targets) for 38 yards. Baltimore gave the Oklahoma product no room to run all day, so he was fortunate to score a one-yard touchdown in the first half to save fantasy owners who rolled with him in a difficult matchup. The sledding should be much easier next week against the Browns, so Mixon should be back as a high-floor RB1 after rushing for 50+ yards in every game before Week 11.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 13 touches against the Saints.

Mixon carried 11 times for 61 yards and added two receptions (on two targets) for 24 yards. Mixon was one of the only Bengals that played well in their blowout Week 10 home loss, but the team didn't seem to use him enough after early success (though the Saints quickly piled on 28 second-quarter points). Mixon will look to get more touches next week against a Ravens team he ran well against back in Week 2 while battling the knee injury that knocked him out a couple weeks.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon goes off in win over the Buccaneers.

Mixon rushed 21 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, also adding three carries for 15 yards. Almost all of the damage came in the first half, but fantasy owners should take it, as Mixon played like a superstar as he consistently shredded Tampa Bay's defense with top-end vision, patience, and burst. Despite missing two games, the second-year back is on pace for 210 carries for 1,018 yards (4.8 YPC) and eight touchdowns with a 38/230/2 pace through the air. Cincinnati would do well to feature Mixon more as a receiver following the bye, but he's an elite RB1 play down the stretch, including in Week 10 against New Orleans.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon handles just 13 carries as Cincinnati gets destroyed by Kansas City, 45-10.

Mixon rushed 13 times for 50 yards, also adding three receptions for one yard. Positively, the Oklahoma product looked good when he did get the ball, and his five targets trailed just A.J. Green, but Mixon didn’t get the usage he should have against a poor-tackling defense, and his impact in the passing game came on swing passes that saw him basically be blown up in the backfield. The Bengals would be wise to string some carries together for Mixon and get him the ball in more creative ways as a receiver next week against Tampa Bay. He remains a no-doubt RB1 in all formats.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon turns 15 touches into 84 yards and a score in Week 6 loss.

Mixon rushed 11 times for 64 yards, including a four-yard score to put the Bengals up 21-20 before Pittsburgh quickly answered with a touchdown of their own; he also caught four-of-seven targets for 20 yards. The Bengals probably should have given their featured back more touches than they did on a day that they threw it 42 times for just 229 yards, but Mixon continues to turn in a second-year breakout. Consider him a great RB1 play against the poor-tackling Chiefs next week on Sunday Night Football.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon handles 25 touches in return from a knee injury.

After missing two games following minor knee surgery, Mixon rushed 22 times for 93 yards, also adding three receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 victory over the Dolphins. There was slight concern about the second-year back being eased in, but he was the only running back to receive a carry against Miami, and he looked great. Now averaging 23 touches per game to start the season, Mixon is sure to be featured in a pivotal AFC North matchup against the Steelers next Sunday. Those who stuck with the emerging superstar look like they have a matchup-proof RB1 option the rest of the way.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is off the Week 5 injury report.

The second-year back will play this Sunday against the Dolphins after missing the last two games with a knee injury. Giovani Bernard (knee) has been ruled out ahead of the weekend, so Mixon is set to be an immediate workhorse with 20-25 touch potential for Week 5. You can lock the rising star into fantasy lineups as an RB1.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) remains limited in practice.

It's not surprising the Bengals are taking it slow with their star running back, but he's expected to play this weekend against Miami. Mixon will likely be listed as questionable when the injury report is released tomorrow.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) was officially limited in practice.

There is a lot of optimism around Mixon's status for this week against the Dolphins, and a limited Wednesday practice is a good start. We'll continue to update you with Mixon's practice status tomorrow and Friday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon says he will "for sure" be ready for Week 6.

Week 6 is a matchup against the Steelers, but Mixon is also hoping he'll be ready for this week against the Dolphins. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says the "sun is up" and things are looking good for Mixon, so it sounds like he might be ready to go after missing the last two games. We'll update you with Mixon's practice status throughout the week.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) is officially out for Week 4.

Mixon has started running and cutting, and there was some thought that he'd have a shot to play this week, but he's been ruled out ahead of the weekend. The second-year running back looks to have a good chance of playing in Week 5 against the Dolphins, though. We'll monitor his practice status throughout next week. Giovani Bernard should get another 15-20 touches after he had 17 touches in his start last Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon says his knee is "feeling great."

Mixon has started running and cutting less than two weeks after arthroscopic surgery, though he hasn't been an official practice participant the last two days. The talented second-year running back says he's waiting to get cleared, so it sounds like he's chomping at the bit to get back out on the field after a great start the first two games of the season. Mixon might have a chance to play this Sunday, but Week 5 looks like a more likely return date. We'll see how he's listed on the injury report tomorrow.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon says he had a slight meniscus tear.

Mixon says he feels better now than he did after last Thursday's game, so the recovery from Saturday's knee procedure appears to be going well. A slight meniscus tear might mean Mixon will be on the longer end of the two-to-four-week timeframe, but the original expectation was two weeks, so there's still reason for optimism that he'll be back very soon. For now, expect Mixon to be on the doubtful side of things for Week 4, with a Week 5 return against the Dolphins looking more likely.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) is expected to miss two-to-four weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Mixon's arthroscopic knee surgery has been successfully completed. The low-end two-week timeframe could potentially mean Mixon only misses one game, but it's likely he misses at least two. Hopefully Mixon can get back to practice at 100% ahead of Week 5's game against the Dolphins. Giovani Bernard should handle a lot of work in Cincinnati's backfield until Mixon returns.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is expected to miss two weeks due to arthroscopic knee surgery, according to Adam Schefter.

When it was recently reported by NFL Network that Mixon was going to undergo a procedure, the recovery length was unknown, but this is probably a best-case scenario if Schefter is correct. The talented second-year back would immediately return as an RB1 if it’s just a two-week absence, but Giovani Bernard should have a chance to steal touches away for the rest of the season if he shows well against Carolina and Atlanta. Either way, this is probably a good buy-low opportunity for Mixon, who would get a great matchup in Week 5 against the Dolphins.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon might need arthroscopic surgery, according to NFL Network.

This is according to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo, and it would be a major blow to the Bengals after a 2-0 start to the season. The report says Mixon is seeking a second opinion first. There was obvious discomfort throughout last night's game against the Ravens, but Mixon battled through it and had a productive game—so maybe it's something he can see playing through. Mixon had shown his superb ability as an all-around workhorse runner for the Bengals to open the season, rushing 38 times for 179 yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions for 57 yards—and he looked better than the numbers indicate through the two games against Indianapolis and Baltimore. If Mixon does indeed get arthroscopic surgery, it could knock him out for a number of weeks and potentially through the rest of the first half of the season. Giovani Bernard would likely be a 15-20 touch back if Mixon is out, so he'll be one of the top pickups next week if he's available in any leagues.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon handles 22 touches in Week 2 win over the Ravens.

Mixon exited the game twice with a knee issue, but that didn't stop him from being fed whenever he was in the game, including on the team's final drive. The second-year back finished with 21 carries for 84 yards and added a three-yard reception. It was an impressive performance against Baltimore's stout front, and it's clear that Mixon will be featured by Cincinnati and should be treated as an every-week RB1 regardless of matchup; he was very close to breaking a big play on more than one occasion against the Ravens.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) has returned for the Bengals.

Baltimore has cut Cincinnati's lead to five points, and it's a good sign that Mixon is back out there as the Bengals look to hold on to their lead. Mixon will look to pick up first downs and help run the clock down a bit.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (knee) is questionable to return against the Ravens.

Mixon exited the game earlier because of a knee issue, but he quickly returned. The second-year back was getting worked on at the bench, and it doesn't appear to be anything too serious. He's running the ball well against a tough Ravens defense, so hopefully he's able to get back out there soon. Giovani Bernard will handle most of the backfield work until Mixon return, if he does.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon operates as workhorse in Week 1 victory.

Mixon rushed 17 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, also adding five receptions for 54 yards. The second-year back barely left the field for Giovani Bernard (two touches), and he looks like a lock for 20+ weekly touches, which would make him an every-week RB1/RB2. Cincinnati takes on the stout Baltimore defense on Thursday night, but it will be difficult to keep Mixon on the bench as a probable top-15 play in both standard and PPR leagues.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon has been the "clear No. 1 bell cow" for the Bengals in training camp.

There was some slight concern about Giovani Bernard potentially taking on a bigger role running the ball this year, but it sounds like Mixon is locked in as Cincinnati's clear lead runner with Jeremy Hill now gone. Mixon says he's a big fan of the new way the offensive line is blocking up front, allowing him and the other running backs to get up the field. Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey says Mixon is "a very disciplined runner right now and a very disciplined student. He's grown up... He's really taken ownership of where he's at on the team at this point." In better shape (down 12 pounds from last season to 218) with a better offensive line in front of him and in a potential workhorse role, Mixon is a big-time breakout candidate in 2018.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is down to 218 pounds and feels good.

As a rookie last season, Mixon was 230 pounds but says he couldn't drop weight. Last night at a celebrity softball game in Cincinnati, Mixon said he "was working in the heat" this offseason: "I feel like that’s where I play my best. I was trying to get low last year but I wasn’t able to make it. I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I’m in really good shape." It can vary for each individual, but weight loss is typically a very good sign for bigger running backs. With over ten pounds of weight shedded, Mixon should be lighter and quicker—and he's still plenty big enough to deliver punishment to defenders at 218 pounds. This weight loss is a positive sign for Mixon as he looks to have a more consistent role in 2018. The second-year back has elite talent, and he's one of the better early-to-mid-round selections in all fantasy drafts this summer.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is slimmer than he was at this point last year.

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com says the second-year running back looks "nowhere like the guy that showed up at rookie minicamp last season." Hobson says that compared to all the traveling he did last year in the lead up to the NFL Draft, this year Mixon has been able to work out. Mixon was around 238 pounds last year, but he's now at 225 pounds and hopes to drop five more. A slimmer Mixon should lead to him being quicker on his feet and more explosive. Mixon will be plenty big enough to handle the load for Cincinnati this year, and he has a lot of upside entering his second NFL season.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 19 touches in Week 17.

Mixon didn't show any issue while dealing with his ankle injury that had him listed on the injury report, carrying 18 times for 96 yards and adding one reception for one yards against the Ravens. The second-rounder's regular season ends with 178 carries for 626 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with 30 receptions for 287 receiving yards in 14 games. If Marvin Lewis does part ways with the team, it'll be interesting to see who the new head coach is. Either way, Mixon is an extremely talented player that could be in store for a huge breakout season as he enters his second NFL season in 2018.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) is active for Week 17.

Mixon tested the ankle in pregame, and he's good to go against the Ravens. He's a risky FLEX option facing a Ravens team that's fighting for a spot in the playoffs and already has one of the league's best defenses.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 17.

The rookie running back's season is over after 13 games played, as he dealt with a concussion and now an ankle injury this year. While ultra talented, Mixon couldn't get much going this season, and his workloads were inconsistent in Cincinnati's backfield. Mixon had 160 carries for 530 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with 29 receptions for 286 receiving yards in his 13 games. It'll be very interesting to see who the next head coach of the Bengals is, assuming they part ways with Marvin Lewis after the year, as Mixon is a great talent that could be a big-time player in the NFL. No matter who the coach is, Mixon will have major breakout potential in 2018.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) was limited in practice.

This is progress from yesterday's non-participation, but the Bengals probably won't push their rookie running back if he isn't at least relatively close to 100%. We'll see how Mixon is listed on the official injury report when it is released tomorrow.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (ankle) did not practice today.

It's only Wednesday, but Mixon isn't off to a good start to the week as he looks to play in the season finale of his rookie season. Hopefully Mixon is able to get out there tomorrow for practice in at least a limited capacity.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon doesn't return after injuring ankle in Week 16 win.

Mixon rushed three times for 12 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards before exiting. The rookie didn't return, and it could very well be the end of his season. If he does play in Week 17, Mixon won't be more than a weak FLEX against Baltimore's elite defense, especially after Giovani Bernard impressed on 30 touches against Detroit.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon leaves game with an ankle injury.

Mixon was injured in the first quarter against the Lions, so there's still plenty of time to return. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (concussion) practiced fully today.

Mixon is apparently still in concussion protocol, as he also practiced fully on Friday before being declared inactive for Week 15. He's at least close to getting cleared, and it could happen tomorrow or Friday ahead of this weekend.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (concussion) is now out for Week 15.

Mixon was listed as questionable after making progress in the concussion protocol, but the team went ahead and ruled out their rookie runner ahead of tomorrow's game against the Vikings. Giovani Bernard now gets a boost, but he's only a FLEX option against a stingy Minnesota defense. Mixon should be good to go for Week 16, but we'll monitor his status next week.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

It's good to see Mixon making progress in the concussion protocol, as he's worked his way up to a full participation in today's practice. Mixon probably just need to be cleared by an independent neurologist now, which could happen any time from now to Sunday. The rookie running back would be an uninspiring fantasy option if he does suit up against the Vikings, though.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon progresses in the concussion protocol.

Mixon was a limited participant in today's practice, which indicates he's through some stages of the protocol. Hopefully he's feeling better and is able to get fully cleared soon, but the Bengals clearly are not going to rush it. It's possible Cincinnati just rules out their rookie running back tomorrow if he isn't cleared ahead of the weekend.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon remains in concussion protocol.

This isn't a good sign, as Mixon suffered his concussion two Mondays ago and guys are typically cleared by now. Hopefully the rookie running back is feeling better soon, but for now consider him questionable at best for Week 15.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14.

The rookie running back just suffered his concussion on Monday night and hadn't made any apparent progress in concussion protocol as of yesterday, so this isn't a surprise. Giovani Bernard will handle most of the work in Cincinnati's backfield against the Bears, and he'll be a solid fantasy option this week. Hopefully Mixon is feeling better soon. There's probably a good chance he'll be back for Week 15.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon (concussion) did not practice today.

Presumably, Mixon remains in concussion protocol. It's already Thursday, so the rookie back is in real danger of missing Week 14. We'll see how he's listed on the injury report when it's released tomorrow.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon remains in concussion protocol.

This isn't a surprise, as Mixon just suffered his concussion a couple nights ago. Hopefully he's feeling better and able to get cleared soon.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon leaves game to get evaluated for a possible concussion.

Mixon took a big hit when he was sandwiched between a couple of defenders in the second quarter against the Steelers. He dropped the ball as he was going to the ground and looked a little dazed after the play, and he just went into the medical tent. It's possible the talented rookie is done for the night if he's inserted into concussion protocol. Giovani will handle most of the backfield work while Mixon is out of the game.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon has best game of his career in win over the Browns.

Mixon rushed 23 times for 114 yards and a touchdown, adding three receptions for 51 yards through the air. The rookie was the workhorse for the Bengals on Sunday, as Giovani Bernard handles just three carries and four total touches. It was the game fantasy owners were waiting for all year, and there's no reason for Cincinnati to go away from their second-round pick in a huge game against Pittsburgh next Monday night. Consider Mixon a high-end RB2 option for Week 13, and he could provide RB1 value for the fantasy playoffs if we see another encouraging workload.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 22 touches against Denver.

Mixon carried 2o times for 49 yards and added two receptions (on two targets) for no yards in the Bengals' victory. Mixon couldn't get anything going as the Broncos didn't give up anything on the ground, but they gave up three more scores through the air. In Week 12, Mixon gets another tough matchup against the Browns, but he could be in line for another 20+ touches in the game.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets ten touches in Week 10.

The rookie running back from Oklahoma carried nine times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for three yards. Mixon hasn't had any monster games yet, but he's been a solid low-floor option since taking over as the unquestioned leader in Cincinnati's backfield. Giovani Bernard had only two carries in the game, but now Mixon just needs to get more than nine carries himself. Mixon will remain a fantasy option in lineups next week versus Denver.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon scores in first career start.

Mixon worked as the clear leader in Cincinnati's backfield with Jeremy Hill a healthy scratch, and the rookie carried 13 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 15 yards. The score was on a sweep from the shotgun, a seven-yarder that was Mixon's longest run of the day. A higher yardage total, especially against a defense that's been soft against the run, would've been better, but it was still a solid day for Mixon. He'll remain a good option against the Titans in Week 10.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon leads team in receiving against the Colts.

Though he did fumble in the game, Mixon continues to work as the main guy in Cincinnati's backfield—but the team couldn't get much going on the ground, as he ran 11 times for 18 yards. He did have a great day receiving, though, catching all three targets for 91 yards, with a long of 67 yards coming on a screen pass that he nearly took all the way. The rookie's talent is obvious, and the Bengals will probably look to ride him against the Jaguars next week. Keep him in fantasy lineups as a good RB2 option.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets ten touches in Week 7.

Jeremy Hill started the game, but Mixon worked as the lead guy for the Bengals, carrying seven times for 48 yards while adding three receptions for 20—though he did have a fumble, but it was recovered by the Bengals. The rookie from Oklahoma should get more touches in more competitive games, which should be next week against Indy. Mixon should be an RB2 option in that game, as a breakout could be coming any time now.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon scores first career touchdown in Week 5 win.

Mixon carried 15 times for 51 yards against the Bills, but he wasn't targeted in the passing game. The rookie's first NFL touchdown came on a five-yard carry where he bounced it to the outside. Obviously, it's great to see Mixon get red zone carries like that, and he's clearly the lead guy in the backfield (Jeremy Hill had four carries and Gioavni Bernard had two carries). The Bengals have a bye in Week 6, but Mixon will be a solid fantasy option in Week 7 against the Steelers.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets 21 touches in Week 4.

The rookie running back was limited by the Browns, carrying 17 times for 29 yards and catching four passes for 19 yards. But the good sign is he dominated the backfield work in terms of touches, as Jeremy Hill had seven touches and Giovani Bernard had six touches. Mixon has a ton of upside as a very talented player that's getting a lot of touches, but he has a very difficult matchup in Week 5 against the Bills. He could be a buy-low candidate if he doesn't have a solid game next Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon operates as workhorse in Bengals' loss to Green Bay.

Mixon handled 21 touches, rushing 18 times for 62 yards and catching three passes for 39 yards. It didn't take long for new OC Bill Lazor to feature his best running back, and the Bengals easily had their best offensive game of the season because of it. Hopefully you didn't trade Mixon after a slow start, as the rookie is suddenly a solid RB2 with room to grow. He could explode against the Browns next Sunday.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon leads Bengals in rushing on Thursday night.

He rushed nine times for 36 yards and caught a five-yard pass, but despite leading the team in carries, its surprising that the now 0-2 Bengals won't give him more touches. Fantasy owners should hope that they commit to him as the starter and workhorse over the mini bye week, and we'd assume that's what happens as Marvin Lewis likely coaches for his job in 2017. Mixon still has a good chance at high-end RB2 or even RB1 value if he is able to approach 15-20 touches a game. He's a buy-low candidate.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis says Joe Mixon is "way better than I expected."

Lewis was on a conference call with Texans reporters in advance of the upcoming Bengals-Texans Thursday night matchup and had high praise for his rookie back. According to ProFootballTalk, Lewis said "as a football player, he's excellent and as a young man, I'm really impressed with him and just the way he carries himself and does things," while going on to say Mixon is a "good, upbeat, positive young man" that's a "great worker." It's good to hear the rookie back is making a good impression as a person, because we know how good he is on the field. Despite the terrible incident he had as a freshman at Oklahoma when he hit a woman, it sounds like Mixon might have grown into a mature person. On the field, it's only a matter of time before he's the lead guy in Cincinnati.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Ravens shut down Joe Mixon in Week 1.

The talented rookie running back couldn't get anything going in his first game, carrying eight times for nine yards and adding three receptions for 15 yards. Baltimore pretty much overwhelmed Cincinnati, so there wasn't much Mixon could do about the performance. In a three-way split backfield with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, Mixon is only a FLEX option for now—but he could have a huge breakout game at any time. He plays Houston this Thursday night.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon is listed as the third running back on the Bengals' updated depth chart.

It would obviously be better if he was listed as the starter, but this shouldn't be that big of a deal; Mixon is going to play and play a lot after Cincinnati took him in the second round of the draft. Jeremy Hill is listed as the starter and Giovani Bernard is listed second, but Mixon's talent surpasses them both, and he should—at worst—handle 15-20 touches per game in the very near future. He's an RB2/FLEX in a tough matchup against the Ravens this week.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon leads Bengals in rushing in Week 3 of the preseason.

The rookie running back mixed in with Jeremy Hill with the first team and carried eight times for 31 yards while adding one reception for six yards. Mixon only had a long carry of six yards in the game, but he consistently picked up positive yardage on his carries and showcased his vision and athleticism. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who was calling the game for FOX, said he believes Mixon can be a top five type of running back if he becomes the lead guy for Cincinnati this season. Jeremy Hill left the exhibition with an ankle injury, so we'll have to see to see how long he's out with that injury, which could impact Mixon's playing time.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon gets seven touches in second preseason game.

The second-round rookie had six carries for only 16 yards, but he added a 15-yard reception on his lone target of the game. He was still behind starter Jeremy Hill, but Mixon will be getting a good amount of playing time as a rookie regardless if he starts. We'll see how the workload is split in the team's third preseason game next Sunday against the Redskins.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Joe Mixon shakes defenders in NFL debut.

Mixon rushed six times for 31 yards and caught an 11-yard pass in Friday night's exhibition. The talented second-round pick backed up Jeremy Hill, but he quickly entered the game and worked with the first-team offense on the game's first series. Mixon played the entire first half, and the highlights were a 13-yard run and the 11-yard reception, as he evaded and shook would-be tacklers on both plays. It's pretty clear who the top fantasy option to own in the Cincy backfield is.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Jeremy Hill listed as Bengals starting running back on the team's first depth chart.

Giovani Bernard is listed as the second running back, with rookie Joe Mixon listed not third, but fourth (behind Cedric Peerman). NFL teams usually make rookies earn their starting spots in the preseason, and the Bengals are doing just that, as wide receiver John Ross is also listed on the third team, with Cody Core and Tyler Boyd as second-string wideouts. Even if Hill plays well in the preseason and "starts" in the regular season, the Bengals aren't going to keep Mixon off the field after taking him in the second round of the NFL Draft. The best Hill could probably do this preseason is earn a short-yardage and goal-line role; Mixon has the makings of an elite player and is the guy you want in fantasy drafts.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com thinks Joe Mixon will get 18+ touches starting in Week 1.

Hobson wrote that Mixon spent ten days with Adrian Peterson before training camp—Peterson of course, like Mixon, went to Oklahoma and has been sort of a mentor to him. Even with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the backfield, Hobson wrote "I think you have to think about him as a 15-to-20-carry-a-game guy with three to five catches. Right away. Sept. 10. Vs. Baltimore." That'd be anywhere from 18-25 touches to open the year. If Mixon gets that kind of work in what should be a solid offense, he could immediately be an RB1.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks up rookie running back Joe Mixon.

Lewis was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said his rookie back from Oklahoma is "off the chart talent wise," and he needs to avoid off the field issues. Considered a top ten talent by many, Mixon slipped to the second round of the draft because he hit a woman when he was a freshman in college. Cincinnati decided to give the young man a chance in the NFL. On the field, there is no question about Mixon's superb ability—he's in the mold of a David Johnson type that is big, athletic, and has excellent receiving ability. With his head coach saying how talented he is, it might be hard to keep Mixon off the field even with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard already in the backfield. He has a lot of upside if he can become the lead back for the Bengals as a rookie.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon has looked "like a beast."

A "Cincinnati staffer" said this to MMQB's Albert Breer. This isn't surprising, as Mixon was a legit top ten talent that dropped in the draft because he punched a woman when he was an 18-year-old freshman at Oklahoma. On the field, there's not much doubt the Bengals got a steal. Mixon is an excellent combo of size, speed, and athleticism; and he profiles similarly to All-Pro running back David Johnson. The former Oklahoma Sooner could be an immediate big-time fantasy contributor as a rookie.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

Rookie running back Joe Mixon has dropped ten pounds since being drafted by the Bengals.

Mixon said he was 238 pounds, but is now down to 228. A lot of players seem to gain weight when going through the draft process, but Mixon isn't having a problem shedding that weight. Eating healthy and dropping weight seems to be helpful for most running backs, as it keeps them healthier and lighter on their feet. Mixon is back around his playing weight after losing the ten pounds, and the former Oklahoma Sooner will be competing with Jeremy Hill for the starting running back job this season.

Joe Mixon | Bengals RB

The Bengals select Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon with the 48th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Arguably the most talented back in this year’s draft class, Mixon would almost certainly been drafted in the top-15 if not for character concerns. Being drafted in the second round despite him punching a woman in the face (when Mixon was an 18-year-old freshman at Oklahoma) says all you need to know about his talent, as Mixon profiles similarly to David Johnson, who happens to be almost the exact same height and weight (6’1”, 225). Mixon glides as a runner and is a very smooth receiver. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are both in Cincinnati, but Hill is an upcoming free agent (after this season) and Mixon will likely be the running back of the future behind a very solid offensive line. On the field, the future is bright for Mixon. It will be interesting to see if the same people saying they would never draft Mixon based on his assault will select him in their fantasy leagues this summer.

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