Giovani Bernard RB CIN 3 Days
Giovani Bernard rushed 14 times for 57 yards in Cincinnati's Week 13 win over the Chargers, adding one catch for nine yards.
Bernard flashed some nice moves in the open field, but got out-touched 21-15 by BenJarvus Green-Ellis as the Bengals pounded the ball away in an effort to drain clock in the second half. Bernard's 66 yards from scrimmage were his fewest since Week 9. Despite the slow day at the office, Cincy's impressive rookie remains on pace for 1,167 yards from scrimmage, and nine total scores. He'll be an RB2/FLEX for the fantasy playoffs.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 17 Days
Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 45 yards in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Browns.
He added four catches for 44 yards. Bernard led the Bengals in receiving and was targeted five times by Andy Dalton. He reaggravated his rib injury and briefly exited in the second quarter, but was able to finish the game. Despite seeing less carries than BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard remains heavily involved in the offense and is going continue to see at least 15 touches per week. He's locked in as a high-end RB2.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 25 Days
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Giovani Bernard (ribs) is "planning to play" Sunday against the Ravens.
Bernard got banged up in the Week 9 Thursday night game and practiced on a limited basis this week. Coach Marvin Lewis has insisted his rookie running back is okay and has expressed zero concern over the ribs. Look for Bernard to see his customary 10-15 touches this week. He's firmly on the RB2 radar.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 26 Days
Giovani Bernard (ribs) is listed as questionable for Week 10 against the Ravens after a limited practice Friday.
Bernard is expected to play, but fantasy owners need to check back for Sunday morning's inactives. He was limited in practice each day this week. Fantasy leaguers don't want to hear it, but Bernard's rib injury is more reason to believe the Bengals aren't going to increase his role moving forward. Bernard will remain a committee back alongside inside grinder BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 27 Days
Speaking Thursday, Bengals OC Jay Gruden hinted he expects Giovani Bernard's role to remain going forward.
Bernard is averaging 12.3 touches per game. "Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast," Gruden said. "That's the way he is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy. But when he's fresh and spelling (BenJarvus Green-Ellis), they kind of feed off each other I think." There's no real reason to believe Bernard's effectiveness would fall off with a bigger workload, but so it goes. Even with his touches being rationed, Bernard remains on the RB2 radar.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 28 Days
Giovani Bernard (ribs) practiced Wednesday.
It bodes well for Bernard's chances of suiting up this week against the Ravens. Coach Marvin Lewis recently said he expects his rookie running back to be okay. Bernard has had six days to rest up his bruised ribs. He remains on the RB2 radar and should continue to see his touches rise at BJGE's expense.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 1 Month
The rib injury Gio Bernard sustained in Thursday night's loss at Miami is not expected to be serious.
Bernard was on his way to a monster game with 15 touches for 105 yards and two touchdowns before taking a shot to the ribs in the fourth quarter. He was in pain on the sidelines, jogged to the locker room and then emerged to watch overtime from the sidelines with his pads still on. It sounds like some kind of bruise or maybe a slight fracture. The electric Bernard has a long week to get ready for a Week 10 game at Baltimore. For now, consider him questionable.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 1 Month
Giovani Bernard was forced from Thursday night's Week 9 game with a rib injury.
Bernard was injured late in the fourth quarter and had to be taken to the locker room. He totaled 104 yards on 13 touches and two touchdowns before exiting, including an impressive 35-yard score to tie the game in the second half. The severity of the injury isn't yet known. Bernard will likely undergo further tests before the Bengals provide an update on his status.