Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon could miss Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Bills. Despite ESPN’s Ben Baby reporting that Mixon is ‘good to go,’ his status is worth monitoring this weekend. Per Around the NFL, Mixon will carry an injury designation into Sunday Night Football.
Mixon has logged back-to-back practices on Thursday and Friday, but a chest injury has him questionable for Sunday. The Bengals will turn to the duo of Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans if Mixon is unavailable.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon: Carrying the Workload in 2023
Mixon, a seven-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, has 453 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries. He has also caught 19 passes for 127 yards. The Oklahoma product has struggled with efficiency this season after a solid start to the year. However, he is fresh off a 16-carry, 87-yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers. He also scored while catching all three passes for 23 yards.
Mixon has been a mainstay for the Bengals backfield since being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. His best season came in 2021, totaling 1,519 scrimmage yards and 16 touchdowns while earning his first Pro Bowl nod. Mixon also showed out in 2018, averaging a career-best 4.9 yards per rush attempt on 237 attempts (1,168 rushing yards).
Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans: Backup Plan if Mixon is OUT
The Cincinnati Bengals would turn to Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans if Mixon doesn’t play. Williams has been with the Bengals for the entirety of his five-year NFL career but has never started a professional game. However, he is listed as the backup on the Bengals’ depth chart and would likely start if Mixon can’t play. Williams has 54 carries for 264 yards since joining the NFL in 2019.
Meanwhile, Evans has been with the Bengals since being selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft. The Michigan product has caught 19 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield while taking 19 carries for 89 yards.