Bengals get back one piece, lose another ahead of matchup with Chiefs

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(610 Sports) – Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase is officially set to return in Week 13's matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chase reportedly increased his workload throughout the week and informed the coaching staff that he was comfortable making his return to action, after missing the last month with a hip injury.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor declined to discuss if Chase would be on a snap count in his return to action against the Chiefs. Chase had 11 catches for 266 yards (24.2 yards per catch) with three touchdowns in last season's Week 17 matchup and 6 catches for 56 yards with a touchdown in the AFC title game.

While the return of Chase is cause for celebration for Cincinnati, the team will reportedly be without star running back Joe Mixon. Mixon missed last week's win over the Tennessee Titans due to a concussion and has not yet made his way through the league's concussion protocol in order to get clearance to play against the Chiefs.

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Mixon is averaging 60.5 rushing yards per contest, and has scored eight touchdowns in 10 games played.

With Mixon unable to go, the Bengals will rely on trusted veteran running back Samaje Perine. Perine rushed 17 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 35 yards, after taking over in Week 11 against the Titans, following Mixon's exit from the game.

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