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|Scooping up the scraps left when Mixon needs a breather, Bernard is best viewed as an end of the draft handcuff. I'm baffled by the Bengals' unwillingness to improve on the talent behind Mixon, as Bernard provides a solid veteran presence, and nothing more, and it's been that way for several years now. 2019 6th round pick Trayveon Williams from Texas A&M didn't register a meaningful stat last season, but did rush for 1,700 yards and catch 27 passes during his senior season, so there is clearly some talent there. At this point Bernard is such an underwhelming handcuff that I would almost rather take a flier on Williams instead. Bottom line... don't give too much thought to this backfield beyond Mixon.
| Joe Mixon Out for Week 11|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 20, 1:49 pm
|Zac confirms Joe Mixon is out this week. Making no predictions on timeline going forward. (Jay Morrison on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's another week of Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine at running back for the Bengals. Mixon last played in Week 6 but came down with a foot injury and has no timetable for a return. Bernard is a viable RB2 in PPR leagues but expect Perine to get 8-10 touches against Washington.
| Joe Mixon Doubtful for Week 10|
Missed practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 13, 2:00 pm
|Zac Taylor says Joe Mixon (foot) is doubtful for Sunday.
Geno Atkins is out for personal reasons. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another missed week for Mixon which is disappointing coming off the Bengals bye. Expect Giovani Bernard to handle most of the work with Samaje Perine mixed in against the Steelers. Given the difficult matchup, Gio is the RB2 territory for Week 10.
| Joe Mixon in danger to miss Week 8?|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 26, 5:30 pm
|Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) is out today and he’s considered week-to-week with this injury, meaning he could miss next vs. the #Titans too, source said. It’s Gio Bernard at RB until Mixon makes his way back. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: With Cincinnati sitting at 1-5-1 and looking at a Week 9 bye, it makes little sense for the Bengals to bring Mixon back before he feels right again. Giovani Bernard produced 96 total yards and a touchdown in his absence in Week 7, although he was largely unsuccessful as a rusher (13 carries, 37 yards). Another reason to sit Mixon: the Bengals are unlikely to hang with the Titans.