QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
2 weeks ago

The Bengals hope to have Bernard available early in the 2017 season, the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard is making good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 10, with the Bengals thus hoping to have him back in some capacity for at least a portion of training camp. Week 1 is an ambitious but realistic target, though expectations should probably be tempered at this early stage of the rehab process. With Bernard no sure thing to be ready by Week 1 and Rex Burkhead testing the waters of free agency, Cincinnati is taking a long look at the running backs available in the draft. Jeremy Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he fell shy of four yards per carry.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
1 month ago

Bernard (knee) is making great progress in his rehabilitation from last season's torn ACL and anticipated to return some time during training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, Bernard has drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll re-enter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard is projected to maybe still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can in ensuring any absence is minimized.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
2 months ago

Bernard (knee) will miss organized team activities this spring and potentially the start of training camp, but there's optimism that he'll be ready for the 2017 season opener, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Cincinnati's Week 10 game against the Bills in November. While that resulted in him having surgery and missing the final six games of this season, Bernard was back in the Bengals weight room last week working on his recovery. Given the timetable of his rehabilitation, Bernard was never expected to be ready to participate in spring workouts, but it's good to hear a return by the time the 2017 regular season rolls around isn't out of the question. Knowing that, it'll be important to track Bernard's progress over the coming months before shaping expectations of him for next season.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
4 months ago

Bernard (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard's season ends after he tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Bills. In 10 games, he racked up 337 yards on 91 attempts, finding the end zone twice. He also recorded 39 receptions for 336 yards and a touchdown. It's been a dismal season for the Bengals thus far, as they head into Week 12 without Bernard and their biggest offensive weapon, A.J. Green (hamstring). Jeremy Hill, who has split carries with Bernard all season, will now take on the role of true No. 1 back. Look for Rex Burkhead to assume the role of the No. 2 back as he remains the only other healthy option on the active roster.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
4 months ago

Bernard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Sunday's game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Further details regarding Bernard's status were not immediately available, but he will be out for the remainder of the season. Jeremy Hill figures to see plenty of work the rest of the way for the Bengals, and Rex Burkhead is in line to take over as the No. 2 back.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
4 months ago

Bernard carried the ball seven times for 17 yards and pitched in three catches for 19 yards in Monday's loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

The Bengals' bye interrupted what was four consecutive games with at least 65 total yards and two total touchdowns for Bernard. Bernard is capable of wracking up a bunch of yards and remains an important part of the Bengals' passing game with limited depth behind A.J. Green at receiver. Monday served as a reminder, however, the Jeremy Hill was either hampered or performed even better than Bernard during the versatile back's stretch. In other words, Bernard might get his, but it will seldom be at the expense of Hill's success.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard carried 11 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Redskins. He added 14 yards while securing his only target in the 27-27 tie.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard saw nine fewer carries than Jeremy Hill, but he averaged a healthy 4.7 yards per tote and found the end zone on the ground for the second straight game after failing to do so through the first six contests. He was curiously targeted just once, bringing his total in that regard to three over the last two games. That trend seems unlikely to continue, as Bernard has proven himself as a useful weapon catching passes out of the backfield over the course of his career. Perhaps the coaching staff will take the upcoming bye week to reevaluate the way Bernard is deployed, which could result in more passes thrown his way in Week 10 versus the Giants.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard carried 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Browns. He also caught one of two targets for an additional seven yards in the 31-17 win.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard received more carries than Jeremy Hill for the third consecutive game, although he uncharacteristically failed to make an impact through the air. The rushing touchdown was his first of 2016 and he notched season-highs in carries and yardage as well. If Bernard continues to see this sort of volume on the ground, he could hold significant fantasy value, as his pass-catching involvement should resurface sooner rather than later. Hill and Bernard will continue to hinder each other's upside at times, but both backs could feast in Week 8 against a feeble Redskins run defense.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard rushed for 49 yards on 15 carries and reeled in four of five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's loss to New England.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard's usage has spiked in the past two weeks, his 36 total touches just two fewer than his total in the previous four games and twice as many as an injury hampered Jeremy Hill over the same stretch. The multi-purpose back has converted both of those extended stretches of play into 90-yard games and leads Hill in total yardage on the season 423 to 311. Bernard is a solid start in PPR leagues, and will be a factor in standard leagues if he keeps this pace up - though his scoring struggles, just one this season, keeps his value modest. Given Hill's poor start, he might get the chance.

QGiovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard's backfield mate Jeremy Hill re-injured his chest during Sunday's 28-14 loss at Dallas, ESPN reports

EDGE Analysis

Bernard got his first start of the season in Sunday's game, even though the Bengals opened in a one-wide formation with two tight ends and H-back Ryan Hewitt all on the field. Such a formation would typically be Jeremy Hill's domain, so the decision to start Bernard may have been related to the former's chest injury. As it turns out, the Bengals fell behind by multiple scores early in the game, necessitating a pass-first approach that favored Bernard over Hill, who then re-injured his chest and thus finished with just four touches (all carries). With everything working in favor of his workload, Bernard gained 50 yards on nine carries and 46 yards on six receptions (six targets). While Hill's health will play a role in determining Bernard's Week 6 workload, a road matchup against the Patriots already works strongly in Gio's favor, as there's a good chance the Bengals will have to play from behind again. Also, the Patriots are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry and 86.4 rushing yards per game, suggesting Bernard could be more useful than Hill even if both are healthy and the game stays close.