Joe Mixon: As much as I wanted to contribute, Bengals made the best decision for everybody

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Joe Mixon is set to return to play on Sunday after missing the last two games with a concussion.

The Bengals have been OK without him, in part due to Samaje Perine‘s strong play. He rushed for 164 yards and caught 10 passes for 84 yards in those two contests.

But Mixon still wanted to be on the field for his teammates. He told reporters on Thursday that being sideline the last two weeks was difficult for him, particularly last week as head coach Zac Taylor held him out. Mixon, however, did say he was “barely” feeling symptoms of the concussion at the end of last week.

“It was a tough conversation because I wanted to be out there and contribute with my brothers,” Mixon said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of TheAthletic.com. “[H]e made that decision, and I had no other choice but to live with it.

“As much as I wanted to go and felt like I can contribute, I feel like they made the best decision for everybody. Perine, he did a great job of stepping up and filling in.”

Now that Mixon’s back, Taylor noted that he’ll remain the starter despite Perine’s play.

“I don’t think that would’ve changed,” Mixon said. “I guess clarification for y’all, but at the same time I truly felt like with Perine being there, he definitely a great 1-2 back with me.”

Mixon has rushed for 605 yards with six touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 314 yards with two TDs this season.

5 responses to “Joe Mixon: As much as I wanted to contribute, Bengals made the best decision for everybody

  1. Sometimes a coach just has to keep a player out. I think more coaches should take notice and do the same

  2. Smart move by Zac both physically and emotionally. A motivated Nixon is a really really dangerous thing

  3. Before lauding Taylor too much, you gotta know if Perine wasn’t playing as good as he is, there’s no way they would’ve sat Mixon that 2nd game.

  4. He should definitely still be the starter but they really need to give Samaje more carries. He earned it and really brings some energy and fires up the team with his play.
    He has posterized some very good players with that stiffarm.

  5. Smart move by Zac both physically and emotionally. A motivated Nixon is a really really dangerous thing

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