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Joe Mixon will test ankle on Saturday, questionable for Week 5 vs. Packers

We break down the news that Joe Mixon is dealing with an ankle injury, and what it means for Week 5.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) carries the ball in the first quarter during a Week 4 NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Jacksonville Jaguars At Cincinnati Bengals Sept 30 Kareem Elgazzar / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday PM update: Joe Mixon is officially questionable, but his status hinges on his work on Saturday.

Friday update: Head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Friday that Joe Mixon will test out his ankle on Saturday to see if he can play Sunday, per Ben Baby.I don’t see the team rushing him back, so if he does play, I would start him in fantasy. If he doesn’t, Samaje Perine becomes a flex play.

Thursday update: Mixon once again missed practice on Thursday, putting his Week 5 status in real doubt. Samaje Perine and Chris Smith will likely split work, per Ben Baby.

Wednesday update: Mixon was not spotted at practice Wednesday, which is expected as the running back deals with an ankle sprain. He’s reportedly considered “day to day” rather than “week to week” but the expectation is still for Mixon to be sidelined in Week 5.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was diagnosed with a low-grade ankle sprain on Monday that will leave him week to week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mixon ran for 67 yards on 16 carries and had a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.

Fantasy football implications

The Bengals possibly not having Mixon for their Week 5 matchup against the Green Bay Packers would be a major blow to their offense. The veteran running back has been the feature back and someone that they could hand the ball off to multiple times to help carry the offense. Without Mixon in the lineup, it would put a little bit of pressure on second-year quarterback Joe Burrow and the passing game that is still without Tee Higgins.

However, when it comes to the running game, the Bengals would have to lean on Samaje Perine, Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams. This season, Perine has nine carries on 28 yards through four games and is the pickup in fantasy football if Mixon misses time.