Joe Mixon Injury: When Will The Bengals RB Return?

Written By Matt Burke on December 9, 2020
When will Joe Mixon be back return update

Bengals RB Joe Mixon has been on the shelf since Week 6 with a foot injury but was placed on injured reserve in late November. No return date has been set by the club just yet as Cincy fans and fantasy football owners alike are wondering when will Mixon be back?

The star running back is eligible to return in Week 14 on Dec. 13, which is coincidentally the start of most fantasy league’s playoffs. But the Bengals and head coach Zac Taylor said on Wednesday that Mixon would not play against the Cowboys. That said, Mixon could be back for the team’s final three games of the season, which shape up like this:

  • Week 15, Monday, Dec. 21: vs. Steelers
  • Week 16, Sunday, Dec. 27: at Texans
  • Week 17, Sunday, Jan. 3: vs. Ravens
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When will Joe Mixon be back?

With prized rookie QB Joe Burrow done for the year with a torn ACL and MCL, and with the Bengals out of the NFL playoff race at 2-7-1 the organization may ultimately decide to shut Mixon down for the season. That said, Goeff Hobson – who writes for the team website – did have an update on Nov. 21 that said “there still seems to be some hope that Mixon can make it back this season.”

Mixon has been sending mixed signals regarding his potential return on his Twitter account over the past week.

Mixon, NFL rushing title odds

Mixon was +1200 to lead the NFL in rushing at DraftKings Sportsbook just prior to the start of the 2020 season. Only Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, Cleveland’s Nick Chubb, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey had lower odds at the time.

Needless to say, Mixon won’t be winning the rushing title this year having already missed four games.

Here are the best-priced NFL rushing over/under odds at the moment:


The Bengals back was more-or-less a lock to go over 1,100 yards on the ground entering the season as he ran for 1,137 yards last season and 1,168 yards in 2018.

In just six games this season, Mixon had rushed for 428 yards and had scored three rushing touchdowns. The former Oklahoma star is also an accomplished receiver out of the backfield, having caught 21 passes for 138 yards so far this year.

Mixon was an extreme longshot to win the NFL MVP award before season began, with odds around +15000 at most books.

We will update this page as soon as more is learned about Mixon’s status for the rest of the season.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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