Ja’Marr Chase And Joe Mixon’s Statuses Against The Chiefs-2022


It appears that Ja’Marr Chase, the Cincinnati Bengals’ star wide receiver, will be available for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Running back Joe Mixon, however, is an exception.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Chase will undoubtedly take the field against the Chiefs. That fits with what Chase said about his injuries this week and the fact that he finished the week with his first full-go practise.

At this point, the Schefter article regarding Joe Mixon that reads, “Doctors still have not cleared Bengals RB Joe Mixon to play Sunday against the Chiefs, per source,” is more noteworthy. Joe Mixon is still in the concussion protocol and needs to be cleared to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. The Bengals would once again rely on RB Samaje Perine if Joe Mixon is unable to participate.


Then, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Joe Mixon is definitely going to miss the game.

The start for Cincinnati’s game against the Chiefs is in the late afternoon (4:25 p.m. ET), so there’s a chance Joe Mixon will still get cleared. Even if he receives clearance at this point in the process, the Bengals could always err on the side of caution.

Fortunately for the Bengals, a solid offensive line and Samaje Perine’s performance have kept the rushing attack going even with Joe Mixon down.

A few hours prior to kickoff, when inactives typically go public, expect further updates on these fronts.

Joe Mixon Vs. Chiefs: Does He Play Today? Impact Of Fantasy On Samaje Perine

How will Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon do against the Chiefs in Week 13 fantasy football if they play for the Cincinnati Bengals?

At first, it did not seem likely that fantasy football managers would still inquire on Sunday mornings about Joe Mixon’s participation. That is the case, though, as Joe Mixon has yet to be declared out of the concussion protocol on game day.

In light of the uncertainty surrounding Joe Mixon’s availability for the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs game, let’s review the most recent information and its impact on fantasy football.

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Joe Mixon Is Currently Active

It does not appear that Joe Mixon will be playing this week as of Sunday morning. Joe Mixon was initially put in the concussion protocol back in Week 11, and he was still there as of early Sunday morning. Joe Mixon was described as a “long shot” to play by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport in his report.

It is always possible that Joe Mixon will pass the concussion protocol and play on Sunday. The most curious aspect of this whole situation is that the protocol’s last step is “Full Football Activity.” The club physician can determine that the concussion has healed if the player tolerates full participation in practise and contact without showing any symptoms.

It does not appear that Joe Mixon will be playing this week as of Sunday morning. Joe Mixon was initially put in the concussion protocol back in Week 11, and he was still there as of early Sunday morning. Joe Mixon was described as a “long shot” to play by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport in his report.

But according to the protocol, “simulated contact activity will satisfy this Phase,” as well. The player must then receive the all-clear from the team’s independent neurological expert. There is still a road to Joe Mixon being cleared even though the Bengals won’t have a complete session Sunday.

To be active this week, Joe Mixon must accomplish a lot of things. But there’s still a chance he’ll be exonerated. If we have to wait for inactives to be declared before learning Joe Mixon’s status, that would be unexpected. The fantasy managers will be able to make the appropriate adjustments if we know the answer before the 1 p.m. ET games start.

While there is still much we do not know about concussions, we do know that players typically do not perform worse when they return from them. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any major reason to worry that Joe Mixon won’t perform well on the field if he is cleared for Week 13.

Because of the way the Chiefs play their games, teams frequently have to abandon the run, making the contest versus them exciting. As a result, there is a lot of fluctuation when examining the fantasy points the Chiefs give RBs week to week. The Chiefs have given up more than 20 fantasy points twice in the last four weeks and fewer than 12 fantasy points once.


Therefore, the Bengals’ running backs should not consider this a must-start game. The Bengals should at the very least make an effort to exert as much control over this game as they can, though. It’s usually not a good idea to engage Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offence in a straight shootout. As a result, Joe Mixon is a player I would consider starting if he is cleared.

Samaje Perine is a less assured alternative in the case that Joe Mixon is ultimately eliminated. He profited from volume last week in a close, run-heavy game. Perine had 21 touches and 24 opportunities overall. With Joe Mixon out, he has only averaged 3.14 rushing yards per attempt, showing that he really needs that volume to be of much fantasy worth.


Perine would undoubtedly be intriguing in PPR leagues given that he added 87 yards through four receptions in each of the previous two weeks. When assessing a back, that two to four fantasy point increase—depending on whether it’s half- or full-PPR scoring—is significant.

Perine will also be a threat at the goal line, which adds to his appeal as a player with potential this week. Perine is a fascinating later-round option in best-ball Underdog fantasy leagues. Investing heavily in him is not advisable because he does not seem to be a reliable floor option, but if Joe Mixon is eliminated in later rounds, a speculative pick might pay off handsomely


Ben is the Co-Director of Informational Content and the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Network. He belongs to the Fantasy Sports Writers Association as well (FSWA)

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