A week after missing the second half with an ankle injury, Bengals running back Joe Mixon cleared his pre-game workout in the Paul Brown Stadium gym and hit the field for Sunday's PBS opener against the 49ers.
Mixon, a first-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, carried 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown in his first game since Nov. 17. He also had three catches for 21 yards.
The rookie runner will likely share time with veteran Jeremy Hill who had nine carries for 39 yards and a TD last week against the Steelers.
Hill has been one of the most reliable runners in the NFL over the past few years, but he's also been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed all but two games in 2014 and 2015 before playing every game in 2016. This year he's appeared in eight games and carried the ball 40 times for 176 yards and two TDs. He's also caught 29 passes for 242 yards and another score.
Heading into this season, many people were wondering if Mixon was going to be able to handle a full workload at any point this year. He proved those skeptics wrong by being the only Bengal to play every minute of every game last season. He finished with 730 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.
Joseph Tyler Mixon (born July 24, 1996) is an American football running back for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)... Mixon, Joe
|No. 28 – Cincinnati Bengals|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48|
|Cincinnati Bengals (2017–present)|
Positions of Offense
|Running Back||J. Mixon||S. Perine|
|Wide Receiver||T. Boyd||T. Higgins|
|Tight End||D. Sample||C. Uzomah Bengals’ C.J. Uzomah: Cleared from Achilles tear C.J. Uzomah Bengals’ C.J. Uzomah: Cleared from Achilles tear|
|Left Tackle||J. Williams||F. Johnson|
In the third round of the 1971 draft, the Bengals picked Ken Anderson, a quarterback from little-known Augustana College. Anderson was the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals for the following 16 seasons and a four-time AFC individual throwing champion.
The only other player taken in the draft that year who ever played in a regular season game for the Bengals was running back John Riggins. He lasted one season in Cincy before being traded to the Washington Redskins for wide receiver Jeff Smith and a first-round pick (later used on running back Eric Dickerson).
Anderson went on to play in five Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning three. His career record was 34-30 as a starter, and he completed 1536 of 3356 passes for 19 years (including playoffs), with 102 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. He is also known for his aggressive style of play which included kicking and punching opponents after he threw an interception. In 1978, he led the NFL in interceptions with 22 while playing all 16 games for the first time in his career.
After retiring as a player, Anderson became the Bengals' coach for one season before moving on to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He currently serves as a color analyst for Bengals radio broadcasts.