Saves day as pass catcher
Mixon rushed the ball eight times for 16 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers. He added two receptions on two targets for 44 yards.
Despite playing most of the game within one score of the Steelers, the Bengals completely abandoned their rushing attack. That's reflected in Mixon's line, though he was utilized regularly as a checkdown option for Jake Browning. That saved his output in Sunday's loss, but his usage does raise concerns for his Week 13 matchup against the Jaguars and for the rest of the season.
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The Bengals informed Higgins (hamstring) on Friday that he will receive the franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mixon is a potential cap casualty this offseason, though it won't be surprising if he's back with the Bengals instead, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
Brown rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns.
Burrow (wrist) said that he thinks he will be throwing by OTAs this spring, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Boyd caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns. He finishes the season 67 catches for 667 yards and two touchdowns on 98 targets.
Chase caught four of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns. He finishes the season with 100 catches on 145 targets for 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns.
Browning completed 18 of 24 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns. He added 18 yards on two rushing attempts.
Mixon rushed 14 times for 111 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for a six-yard touchdown in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns. He finishes the season with 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns on 257 rushing attempts, along with 52 catches on 63 targets for 376 yards and three touchdowns.
Higgins (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's season finale against the Browns.