January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Bengals WR coach Bicknell out Sunday for COVID-19

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday that wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell will miss Sunday’s road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of “COVID-19-related reasons.”

Bicknell’s duties will be filled by Troy Walters, the team’s assistant wide receivers coach. Walters is in his first season with the organization after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator at Nebraska.

Bicknell, who turned 51 Friday, is in his third season with Cincinnati and his 13th as an NFL assistant. He has also coached for Kansas City, Buffalo, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

NFL Network reported Friday that Bicknell will be one of five NFL assistant coaches to be sidelined this weekend because of COVID-19 protocols. Bicknell joins Eagles director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant Jeremiah Washburn, along with Miami Dolphins assistants Robby Brown (quarterbacks coach), Austin Clark (outside linebackers) and Kolby Smith (quality control).

On the player side, Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor said Friday that starting running back Joe Mixon (foot) is doubtful to play against the Steelers. The Bengals, coming off their Week 9 bye week, had been holding out hope that Mixon’s injury would heal in time to face 8-0 Pittsburgh.

“He wants to play more than anything, [but] sometimes you have to protect the player from himself,” Taylor said of Mixon.

Mixon, the team’s leading rusher with 428 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 119 carries this season, has missed the 2-5-1 Bengals’ previous two games.

Joining Mixon in missing the Steelers matchup will be eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Geno Atkins (personal reasons), and cornerback LeShaun Sims (concussion).

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