The Cincinnati Bengals continued to click on all cylinders once again with a victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. Unfortunately, they did not make it out unscathed after running back Joe Mixon was forced to leave the game early with a knee injury.
There was speculation that the injury could require surgery. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, he is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Correction: Joe Mixon's procedure is schedule for Saturday,. https://t.co/RNxE7JKQ1A
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This is a costly blow to Cincinnati's offense. The second-year back had already established himself as the Bengals' primary back, and he was poised to take on even more touches. He looked every bit the part of a workhorse through the first two games of the season after registering 179 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries while tacking on six receptions for 57 yards. Unfortunately, this injury delays their plans just a bit.
The Bengals will likely rely on running back Giovani Bernard. Although Bernard has seen his role decrease dramatically over the last two seasons, he could still be a rather viable backup considering his pedigree in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, running back Mark Walton could also be in position to poach some touches out of the backfield. While sidelining Mixon is certainly not ideal, it is necessary to keep their future star healthy.