Bengals RB Mixon has ‘slight tear’ of meniscus

Mixon (knee) revealed Wednesday that his recent procedure addressed a slight meniscus tear, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

On the plus side, the running back indicates that his right knee is already feeling better, and though he’s destined to miss Sunday’s game against the Panthers, his absence shouldn’t be an extended one. While Mixon is sidelined in Week 3, Giovani Bernard is in line to head the Bengals’ backfield, per Geoff Hobson of the team’s official site. Additionally, look for rookie Mark Walton and new signee Thomas Rawls to be eased into the mix this weekend.

It is awesome that Mixon already thinks he feels good enough to run, but it could be even better that doctors are smart enough to hold him back from pushing it. There is no doubt that he is extremely important to the Bengals’ offense, but if missing him for two weeks while he gets as close to 100 percent as possible means Cincinnati will have him available for most of the season, then that is the best course of action.

The alternative being he pushes himself too hard too soon and he ends up aggravating something, and as a result, Cincinnati will miss him for even longer.

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Mixon’s spirit and work ethic is exactly what you want from your starting running back, though. It is clear that Mixon could possibly end up being the leader of this team eventually, and him wanting to get out there as soon as possible after his first surgery is a great way to show your teammates that you are here for them.

Of course, Mixon’s presence on the field will be missed. He has 179 rushing yards, six receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on the season so far. He has looked unstoppable at times on the field, and that is really scary is he has been a few shoestring tackles away from some big gains.

The way Mixon is talking, though, it seems like the team will only have to rely on Bernard for a game or two rather than up to four weeks like the original timetable that was established.

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