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Joe Mixon to get full workload in Week 6 vs. Lions in spite of questionable status

We break down the news that Joe Mixon returned to practice on Friday.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts during the game against the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 10, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday PM update: Head coach Zac Taylor tells reporters that Mixon should see the bulk of the work this week against the Lions, per ESPN’s Ben Baby. He is listed as questionable, but there’s no reason to think he won’t play.

Friday AM update: Mixon was back at practice in individual drills with his helmet on, per Kelsey Conway. She tweeted that this suggests Thursday was simply a rest day rather than a setback with his ankle injury. We’ll await the injury report to get a better idea.

Cincinnati Bengals Joe Mixon did not practice on Thursday ahead of the team’s Week 6 game against the Detroit Lions, per Charlie Goldsmith. Mixon practiced on Wednesday, which makes today’s news not a good sign for Sunday.

Fantasy football implications

Heading into last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Mixon’s status was up in the air as he was nursing an ankle injury. The veteran running back ultimately played, but was not 100% as he only had 33 yards on 10 carries.

If Mixon cannot play on Sunday, it would leave the Bengals’ running game in a state of flux as they are already without Samaje Perine. Perine was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list earlier this week after testing positive for COVID.

Without potentially Mixon and Perine, Cincinnati would have to roll with rookie Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams. Evans was reportedly the only running back from the 53-man field on the practice field on Thursday, per Goldsmith. Last week against the Packers, Evans had two receptions for 15 yards and played 10% of offensive snaps.