The Cincinnati Bengals may have kicked off the season to a strong start over the past two games, but their running game will take a hit in their Week Three matchup.
Bengals' running back Joe Mixon dislodged a small particle in his knee on Thursday night during his team's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cincinnati would win the game against their AFC North rivals, moving to 2-0 in the process, but Mixon was in and out of the game due to his injury.
The running back ended up limping to the locker room after the Bengals' 34-23 victory over the Ravens.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has since reported that Mixon will undergo a procedure today to remove a small particle in his knee that was dislodged on Thursday night.
The Bengals primary back is expected to be out of action for two weeks minimum following the surgery.
Mixon said after the game: "It felt weird. My knee was hurting. Other than that, it's just the mental side of it.
"You always want to play at 100 percent, but when something is bothering you, it's hard mentally. I just had to check back in mentally and physically tough it out."
After two games into the Bengals' season, Mixon racked up 179 rushing yards and a touchdown on 38 carries, as well as six receptions for 57 yards. He rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries on Thursday night.
He was poised for a breakout season, especially with how well this Bengals offense is playing at the moment, but that breakout is now delayed for the time being at the very least.
In the meantime, the Bengals will likely rely on running back Giovani Bernard, who is a good backup, but not in the same category in terms of potential as Mixon. Running back Mark Walton could also be in line for some touches.