CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green had surgery on his injured toe. Tight end Tyler Eifert is recovering from a broken ankle. Andy Dalton is gone Geno Atkins Jersey
, too, sidelined by a torn thumb ligament in his passing hand.What’s left of the Bengals‘ offense? Running back Joe Mixon, who’s settling into the role Cincinnati envisioned for him during last year’s draft.Mixon carried a career-high 26 times for 111 yards and had a team-high five catches during a 26-21 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, Cincinnati’s fifth in a row.With Jeff Driskel starting for Dalton and Green gone, Mixon is getting a chance to show the versatility that led Cincinnati to draft him in the second round despite the public pushback.Mixon either ran the ball or was the intended receiver on 10 of the Bengals’ first 13 plays in Los Angeles in a game plan built around the running back.“Some guys have to step up to even another level than they’re used to playing at,” Mixon said Wednesday. “I’m going to embrace it.”The Bengals (5-8) will make him the centerpiece again Sunday in their final home game against the Oakland Raiders (3-10) , who are coming off a 24-21 win over Pittsburgh .Mixon has been one of the few bright spots in an offense that’s unraveled as players got hurt, one of the few constants during a stretch of seven losses in the past eight games.“He’s a high-energy guy,” Driskel said. “He’s somebody that brings it day-in and day-out. He’s definitely somebody who we can all lean on.”The Bengals were castigated for making him the 48th overall pick last year. Mixon punched a woman in the face and was suspended for a season at Oklahoma, prompting other teams to pass on him early in the draft.Mixon played a limited role as a rookie, when he was slotted behind Jeremy Hill. Mixon had one 100-yard rushing game as Cincinnati finished 7-9.He ascended to the top spot this season, but missed two games because of knee surgery to remove torn cartilage. He ran for a career-high 123 yards against Tampa Bay and 111 against the Chargers.With a historically bad defense Womens Andy Dalton Jersey
, the Bengals have had to play catch-up, limiting Mixon’s chances to run. He’s averaging 4.8 yards per carry, which ranks fourth in the AFC among backs with at least 100 carries.The biggest improvement in Mixon has been his discipline to follow the designed path of plays rather than improvising. He’s running behind a better offensive line, and he’s been more determined to take advantage of it.“It’s like a domino effect,” he said.If he stays healthy, Mixon will top 1,000 yards after running for only 625 — and a 3.5-yard average — last season. He’s had five games with 100 yards rushing and receiving combined, the most since Hill did it five times in 2014. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had six such games in 2012.He’ll get plenty of chances. Green had surgery on his injured toe Tuesday and won’t return, leaving Mixon as their best option in December.“We’ve got three more weeks,” Mixon said.BURFICT STILL OUTLinebacker Vontaze Burfict remained in concussion protocol on Wednesday after missing the Chargers game. Defensive end Michael Johnson also is sidelined with a concussion. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was held out of practice with an ankle injury that sidelined him in Los Angeles. Left tackle Cordy Glenn had a limited practice Wednesday, an improvement after missing the past three games with a back injury.McRAE PRACTICINGCornerback Tony McRae was back at practice Wednesday on a limited basis. He suffered a concussion during a loss to Cleveland and was taken off the field on a back board as a precaution. He was in protocol the past two weeks.Dolphins at Bengals injury report: John Ross, Giovani Bernard Womens A.J. Green Jersey
, Cameron Wake out The Bengals and Dolphins will both be down several starters when they face off on Sunday.For the Bengals, they’ll be without John Ross, who is out with a groin injury suffered in the win at Atlanta. Ross was able to get in a limited practice on Wednesday. He also played through the injury on Sunday, so for now, it doesn’t appear to be serious, and he could be back as soon as next week when the Steelers come to town. The news is not as good for Giovani Bernard, who has an MCL injury that will sideline him for 2-4 weeks. With Bernard out, the Bengals will rely heavily on Joe Mixon this week, as he returns following a two-game absence with his own knee injury. As expected, starting center Billy Price was ruled out with his foot injury, which will sideline him a few more weeks. Thankfully, no one else is on the final report http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-jessie-bates-iii-jersey
, including Michael Johnson (knee), Preston Brown (shoulder), and Carl Lawson (ankle).As for the Dolphins, they’ve already ruled out starters A.J. Derby and Bobby McCain, while pass-rushing specialist Cameron Wake was originally doubtful to play, but has now been ruled out. Not having Wake will be a major loss for a Dolphins defense that needs pressure Andy Dalton to win on Sunday.Making matters worse for the defense are both starting safeties being questionable to play in Rashad Jones and TJ McDonald. That would be really bad news against a Bengals offense that just rang up 37 points in Atlanta. Miami has listed seven others as questionable to play, including starting receiver DeVante Parker, who has 113 catches over the last two seasons. Most of their questionable players are expected to play, though Parker is someone who looks closer to being doubtful after missing three games already this season with finger and quad injuries. UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect Cameron Wake was ruled out by the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon.