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Bengals RB Mixon will return when comfortable

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20 Sep 2018, 05:16 GMT+10

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon isn't rushing his return from minor knee surgery.

Mixon underwent the procedure on Saturday, two days after suffering a slight meniscus tear in his right knee in Cincinnati's victory over Baltimore.

As for his return, Mixon is biding his time until he's ready.

"Just however comfortable I feel," Mixon said on Wednesday. "As soon as I feel any type of comfortability, in terms of me going out there and able to run full speed and cut a dime, that's definitely when I'll be out there. And even if I did have a little pain, I'll definitely still be out there at that point when I'm comfortable."

The Bengals addressed their ailing backfield by signing running back Thomas Rawls to a contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Fellow running back Tra Carson received a waived/injured designation from the Bengals (2-0).

An undrafted rookie in 2015, Rawls rushed for 830 yards and had a league-leading 5.6 yards per carry as a fill-in for injured Marshawn Lynch during his first season with the Seattle Seahawks. He then set a franchise playoff rookie record with 161 rushing yards against the Detroit Lions in the NFC wild-card game.

The 5-foot-9 Rawls has been unable to stay healthy the last two seasons, however. He was expected to serve as the starter after Lynch departed, but Rawls started only 10 games in the following two years.

Rawls missed significant time in 2016 because of a fractured fibula, and he rushed for 349 yards with a 3.2 yards-per-carry average in nine games that season. Rawls had only 58 carries and averaged 2.7 yards per carry in 12 games, including three starts, in 2017.

The 25-year-old Rawls was let go during the final round of cuts by the New York Jets this summer.

Carson sustained a hamstring injury on Monday, according to coach Marvin Lewis.

Giovani Bernard is expected to serve as the lead back as Cincinnati visits the Carolina Panthers (1-1) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

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