CINCINNATI — Bengals running back Joe Mixon will not play Sunday versus the Tennessee Titans after not being cleared from concussion procedures, coach Zac Taylor stated Friday.
“We’ll be able to protect him for another week with that concussion,” Taylor informed press reporters.
Mixon, who did not practice today, left Sunday’s win versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in the very first half and did not return. He is not anticipated to take a trip with the group this weekend.
Bengals pass receiver Ja’Marr Chase is doubtful for Sunday’s video game after missing out on the previous 3 video games with a hip injury. While quarterback Joe Burrow stated Wednesday that the group anticipates Chase to play, Taylor was coy about Chase’s status Friday, stating that Chase looked excellent as he went back to practice today.
This will be the very first video game Mixon has actually missed out on to injury given that 2020. In 10 video games this season, Mixon has 605 hurrying backyards and 6 goals. The sixth-year running back has actually likewise been an essential possession in the death video game. He has actually currently matched in 2015’s overall of 314 getting backyards, a profession high, regardless of playing in 6 less video games.
With Mixon out, Samaje Perine is anticipated to get the bulk of the offending snaps. Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans, who was out recently with a knee injury, are on track to play Sunday.
Perine is coming off a profession video game in which he captured 3 goal passes — a franchise record for a running back — versus Pittsburgh.
“It ain’t got nothing to do with this game,” Perine informed ESPN on Friday. “You just got to come in every week, week in and week out, and be prepared to play.”
Perine and Mixon have actually gained from a Cincinnati run plan that has actually leaned greatly on gap-based runs in current weeks.
“I don’t know if we’re getting more movement or what,” Perine stated. “But as an offense in general, when you move to gap-scheme type of stuff, it’s worked for us, I think, more so because [of how our offensive] line works. They love downhill running.”
Cincinnati (6-4) is taking on a Tennessee defense that is among the very best at stopping the run. The Titans (7-3) are 2nd in the league in hurrying backyards permitted per video game and function defensive take on Jeffery Simmons, who has actually made appreciation from Bengals gamers and coaches leading up to Sunday’s video game.
Taylor stated Cincinnati’s technique will stay consistent regardless of Mixon’s lack.
“We’re still going to play the style of ball that we think is best to play in this game,” Taylor stated.