Bengals HC Marvin Lewis says ‘we’ll see’ if Joe Mixon play in Week 5
The Cincinnati Bengals have raced out to a strong start to the 2018 season winning three out of their first four games that have put them atop of the AFC North standings.
Much of this has been done without the services of running back Joe Mixon, who has been recovering from knee surgery over the last few weeks. However, head coach Marvin Lewis indicated on Tuesday that Mixon could be back in the fold for Week 5 action against the Miami Dolphins, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.
Lewis was asked if Mixon would play next week. “That’s an emphatic we’ll see,” he said.
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 1, 2018
Mixon has made some progressive steps forward in his recovery over the last several days from the surgery as he has was able to resume running and cutting last week. There was also the possibility floating around that he could have potentially played against the Atlanta Falcons. However, he was kept out of the lineup with backup Giovani Bernard continuing to hold down the fort as the starter in his place over the last couple of weeks.
Bernard has been a huge asset out of the backfield that has played exceptionally well rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns along with nine receptions for 52 receiving yards. He has been a huge stable factor for the Bengals offense that played a big part in their 37-36 road win over the Falcons rushing for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His play has been a major part in bringing balance to the offense that has been one of the most productive in the league.
Meanwhile, the imminent return of Mixon could another boost as he has proven to be a highly reliable versatile option out of the backfield that is a game-changing factor. In the first two games this year, the second-year running back had 178 rushing yards on 38 attempts with a touchdown along with six catches for 57 receiving yards.