Joe Mixon to Return Following Suspension: Latest Comments and Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 29: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs past safety Fish Smithson #9 of the Kansas Jayhawks during second half play of their win on October 29, 2016 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma suspended running back Joe Mixon for its Week 10 game against Iowa State for violating team rules, the team announced on Nov. 1. On Monday, head coach Bob Stoops told reporters that Mixon will play against Baylor on Saturday.

Mixon's lawyer, Blake Johnson, said the running back tore up a parking ticket he received, per Ryan Aber and Graham Lee Brewer of NewsOK:

He was frustrated, as most of us are when we get a ticket. He tore the ticket up in front of the parking attendant, and threw it on the ground.

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We are very confident that Joe did nothing criminal. 

He's been suspended for [Week 10], and he understands and accepts that.

"I regret that I did not respond appropriately to parking attendants and understand and accept the consequences," Mixon said of his punishment. 

The sophomore leads the team with 813 rushing yards on 6.8 yards per carry this season.

He also has shown plenty of ability as a receiver, ranking second on the team with 24 catches and 357 receiving yards to go with his four touchdowns. This comes after a freshman season in which he tallied 1,109 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in limited playing time.

While the 6'1", 226-pound runner has always been a game-changing player on the field, his off-field problems remain a concern. He was suspended for the entire 2014 season following an altercation before his freshman year.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes Mixon's past will hurt his draft status:

Even with vague details, this latest incident certainly won't help his image among NFL front offices.