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Joe Mixon will not play in Week 16 against the Texans

The Bengals will be without their RB1 for the ninth straight week.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after the Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have kept Joe Mixon off of injured reserve with his foot injury, but he hasn’t attempted to practice since playing nine games ago. He will miss this week, per ESPN’s Ben Baby At this time there really is no reason to think he’ll play in the last game of the season either.

Gio Bernard has been the lead back in all games other than against the Cowboys two weeks ago when he fumbled on the opening drive and was benched. Bernard returned to his starting role the following week and had a great game, scoring two touchdowns in a huge upset against division rival Pittsburgh.

Bernard will get the start again this week, but in a much better matchup with the scuffling Houston Texans defense. Bernard should be a decent fantasy start in that matchup and a useful DFS play. The price to roster him this week at DraftKings is a reasonable $4,800.