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Bengals injury updates: Joe Mixon (concussion) ruled out vs. Titans, Ja’Marr Chase (hip) a game-time decision

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Joe Mixon’s concussion will keep him out of the Bengals’ Week 12 game against the Titans, coach Zach Taylor told reporters Friday. Mixon hasn’t worked out since he was injured in a win over the Steelers last Sunday. Taylor also said that the decision on Ja’Marr Chase’s withdrawal from the Pro Bowl would be made during the game. Chase, who was called questionable for Sunday’s game, has missed the last three games with a hip injury.

Mixon is a serious loss for the Bengals. A pro bowler last season, Mixon has 919 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns this season. Mixon, who threw a franchise-record five touchdowns during the Bengals’ crushing win over the Panthers in Week 9, had 105 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati’s divisional playoff win over Tennessee in January.

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Third defender Samaye Perin will be under heavy pressure with Mixon’s departure. Perin, who was drafted 66 picks behind Mixon in the 2017 NFL Draft, caught three touchdowns in Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh. He has four touchdowns this season and is gaining more yards as a receiver than a rusher.

“Every role you offer him, he will do,” Taylor said of Perine after Sunday’s game. “Whether it was a role in the second half when Joe was gone, whether it was playing his role in third place or some other package that he was invested in. He is just as reliable as they are. Very reliable. We don’t take it for granted because we understand how valuable it is to our team.”

The Bengals are 2-1 up this season without Chase, who didn’t miss an NFL game before suffering a hip injury. Cincinnati had perhaps their best performance of the season in Sunday’s win over the Steelers. Despite the absence of Chase and the loss of Mixon during the game, the Bengals gained 408 yards, scoring touchdowns on all three of their runs inside the Steelers’ 20-yard line. Joe Burrow threw for 355 yards and had four touchdowns, while Ty Higgins caught a season-high nine passes for 148 yards. The Bengals offense also received significant input from Perine, Trenton Irvine, Tyler Boyd and Hayden Hurst.

Even though they have achieved victories without him, the Bengals are much better with Chase on the field. In seven games this season, the former first-round pick caught 47 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. In the two games leading up to the injury, Chase totaled 15 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns in the Bengals’ wins over the Saints and Falcons.

Chase’s possible return in Week 12 will obviously be welcome news for the Bengals, who are currently second to Baltimore in the AFC Northern Division standings at 6-4. Cincinnati is looking to return to the playoffs this season after losing in an amazing Super Bowl last winter.


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