Mixon tweeted a photo of himself with members of the Bengals front office on Tuesday before joining the rest of the squad for training.
– ⚡️Primetime !!! ⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) September 1, 2020
Mixon, 24, had recently been absent from training due to migraines, according to Bengals coach Zac Taylor. Mixon declined to speak to the media during training camp, which ended on Sunday.
Mixon, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, was expected to earn $ 1.2 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. The former Oklahoma star told ESPN at the end of last season he wanted to be a “Bengal for life,” amid early speculation about his contractual status.
Mixon rushed for 1,136 yards and five touchdowns last season, his second straight season with over 1,000 rushing yards. He’s one of four running backs in the NFL with at least 1,400 scrum yards in each of the past two seasons, along with Caroline’s Christian McCaffrey, Giants ‘Saquon Barkley and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott.
Mixon is fifth in the NFL in yards after contact since his rookie season in 2017 and has the seventh most rushing yards in the league since the start of the 2018 season.
Last week, Taylor said Mixon’s absence was unrelated to his contractual status and that he was day to day with his migraines. Mixon and Taylor shared a hug ahead of Sunday’s scrum, where Mixon did some rehab work on the sidelines after being out of practice earlier in the week.
During Tuesday’s practice, reporters spotted Mixon and team president Mike Brown engaged in a conversation. Brown hasn’t held a press conference since before the 2019 season.
Mixon joins wide receiver Tyler Boyd, defensive tackle DJ Reader and the rest of the 2020 draft class – including rookie quarterback Joe Burrow – as Bengals currently under contract until the 2023 season.