Mixon returns to Bengals practice

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was a full participant at practice Wednesday after missing the last two games with a concussion.

Mixon also was full go for Friday’s walk-through and was listed as questionable on the game status report, but the next day the Bengals downgraded him to out.

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Mixon was one of three Bengals to suffer concussions in the Dec. 4 game against Pittsburgh, along with cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and none of them have played since.

Kirkpatrick practiced for the first time Wednesday and was listed as limited. Burfict did not practice but was present for the first time during the portion open to the media.

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Also sitting out were linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle), H-back Ryan Hewitt (knee) and tackles Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) and Andre Smith (knee), the latter of whom was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.

Five players joined Kirkpatrick as limited participants — cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee), safeties George Iloka (shoulder0 and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring), linebacker Vinny Rey (mouth) and running back Brian Hill (ankle).

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