Bengals reportedly fear Joe Mixon needs arthroscopic surgery on his knee, seeking second opinion


The Bengals’ win over the Ravens on Thursday night time would possibly’ve been pricey. Twice throughout the sport, second-year working again Joe Mixon suffered a knee damage that briefly took him off the sector. He later described it as “some bizarre tweak.” 

On Friday, extra details about that damage surfaced, and it isn’t excellent news. 

In accordance with NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garofolo, the Bengals fear Mixon will want arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The Bengals will get a second opinion earlier than they transfer ahead with the operation.

If Mixon does have surgery, he’ll miss a while. How lengthy he’d be out for, nonetheless, is not clear.

Mixon, who fell to the second spherical in final 12 months’s draft after he punched a girl in school, has regarded like a future star by means of the primary two video games of the brand new season. He is carried the ball 38 instances for 179 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and a landing whereas including 57 yards on six catches, constructing off a rookie season that noticed him rack up 913 yards from scrimmage in 14 video games. Coming into the season, Mixon was projected to take the leap from promising to nice, and he regarded the half within the first two video games.

It is an enormous loss for the Bengals, however they do at the very least have a greater than succesful backup in Giovani Bernard. A second-round decide again in 2013, Bernard’s totaled 5,011 yards and 24 touchdowns from scrimmage in his profession. Within the win over the Ravens, he picked up 27 yards on six carries and 15 yards on 4 receptions. He won’t be a future star like Mixon, however he is reliable. Mark Walton, the group’s fourth-round pick of Miami, may be in line for some reps behind Bernard.

Fantasy-wise, Bernard will change into a must-add participant if Mixon opts for surgery.

The Bengals do at the very least get 10 days off till their Week three contest towards the Panthers. After that, they have video games towards the Falcons, Dolphins, Steelers, Chiefs, and Buccaneers till their Week 9 bye. After beginning the season 2-0, the Bengals have constructed a small benefit within the AFC North over the Ravens (1-1), Steelers, and Browns (each 0-0-1), however accidents would possibly matter greater than their lead within the division.

Along with shedding Mixon, the Bengals additionally misplaced rookie heart Billy Worth to a sprained ankle and defensive finish Michael Johnson to a sprained MCL throughout Thursday’s win.



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