Throughout the first four years of Joe Mixon‘s NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, he’s been an incredible running back and helped a floundering team compete a little harder. In 2020, however, Mixon was sidelined with a foot injury in Week 6 and missed the remainder of the season.
Running backs get dinged up quite a bit and typically once one injury hits, more start to pile on, as it’s a very taxing position. Even with Mixon’s injury a year ago and appearing in just six games, he’s still considered a top 10 running back, and for good reason. In the year before getting injured, Mixon rushed for 1,137 yards behind an atrocious offensive line and the Bengals won just two games that year.
Bengals running back Joe Mixon injury history
Joe Mixon has missed 14 games due to injury during his four-year career with the Bengals, with 10 of those missed games coming this past season as a result of the aforementioned foot injury.
Joe Mixon ankle injury, October 2021
Mixon missed the final minutes of the Bengals’ Thursday night football win due to what was later revealed to be an ankle injury.
Joe Mixon foot injury, October 2020
“Mixon suffered a right foot injury in Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts” per Sports Injury Predictor and went on to miss the rest of the season. Prior to the injury, he had rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns through his first six games of the year.
Joe Mixon knee injury, September 2018
During his second NFL season, per Sports Injury Predictor: “Mixon needed arthroscopic surgery to remove a “loose particle” from his right knee after the Week 2 game against Baltimore.” He missed just two games from this particular injury.
Joe Mixon ankle injury, December 2017
Mixon made it until December of his rookie season before suffering any injuries, with the second occurring late in the year. He left a Week 16 game early due to an ankle injury but didn’t miss the final game of the season.
Joe Mixon concussion, December 2017
Mixon’s first NFL injury came in early December when he suffered a concussion against the Steelers. He missed two games as a result.
Mixon is considered a high-risk for injury by Sports Injury Predictor and they projected there to be an 83% chance of injury for the Bengals running back in 2021. They also predicted he’ll miss two games in 2021 and listed him as a 3 overall.