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Mixon, Perine face off in NFL preseason game

FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running backs Joe Mixon, right, and Samaje Perine (32) celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. There are several different running combos in the Big 12. Oklahoma has 2014 Big 12 rushing leader Samaje Perine, coming off a 214-yard game, and Joe Mixon among the league’s top eight rushers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Former members of a vaunted Oklahoma backfield stood on opposite sides Sunday night.

For the first time since entering the NFL in May, running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon squared off in a preseason contest between the Redskins and Bengals.

Week 3 of the preseason is generally the time for starters and significant role players to see most of their action in the NFL's warmup games, and Mixon didn't disappoint. He finished the contest as the Bengals leading rusher with 31 yards on eight carries. Mixon is battling for reps in the Cincinnati lineup with veterans Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. Hill mustered a mere 15 yards on five carries, while Bernard toted the rock four times for 25 yards.

It wasn't nearly as productive a night for Perine who found little running room against the Bengals defense Sunday.

Perine managed only five yards on five carries. His main competition for the starting job, Rob Kelley, had an excellent showing, ripping off 57 yards and a score on ten carries.

Washington won the contest, 23-17.


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