Bengals: Joe Mixon should be “good to go” for Lions game

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been tentatively given the green light to play in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

According to Mike Petraglia, Bengals coaches will continue monitoring Mixon in practice, but the initial signs reveal Mixon is healthy enough to suit up on Sunday.

Joe Burrow, who sustained a hit to the head last week and later was checked out for a throat contusion, also seems prepared to play against Detroit.

The 3-2 Bengals will need both Burrow and Mixon to play at their best to defeat a Lions team that has had some of the worst luck in the league so far.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will likely play on Sunday against Detroit

Detroit lost to the Baltimore Ravens by Justin Tucker’s record-breaking field goal, and in Week 5 they lost to the Minnesota Vikings by Greg Joseph’s 54-yard field goal, both at the end of the game.

The Lions will have to contend with a strong Bengals running game led by Mixon, who has posted 386 rushing yards on 93 carries and added three touchdowns through five games. Mixon may not have impacted the Bengals’ passing game very much this season, but then again, he’s not necessarily expected to.

Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins will be ready to catch whatever Burrow throws their way, and as long as their starters remain healthy, Cincinnati have a good shot at notching their fourth win in 2021.

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Bengals fans can breathe a sigh of relief. For now, it seems Cincinnati’s star QB and RB have finished nursing their wounds and are ready to take the field again.