Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
2 days ago

Bernard had two catches for 30 yards on three targets, along with two carries for six yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard was the preferred option in the Bengals' two-minute drill, but Joe Mixon still logged most of the snaps in the backfield, though the entire second half was essentially garbage time, which makes it difficult to judge the team's intentions for next week.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
2 days ago

Bernard is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard will suit up for the first time since Week 4 after sustaining a sprained MCL, an injury that sidelined him for four straight games. Prior to getting hurt, Bernard had been working in a three-down role for the Bengals while Joe Mixon was recovering from a knee injury of his own, but Mixon has since returned to full health. Bernard is thus expected to serve in backup capacity going forward, though he'll likely handle significant snaps on passing downs. It's unclear if Bernard will be used extensively in Week 10, however, as he'll be returning from a layoff of more than a month and wasn't able to advance beyond limited practice participation Wednesday through Friday.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
2 days ago

Bernard (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, is expected to play, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

Sidelined for more than a month with an MCL sprain, Bernard participated in practice with the Bengals throughout the week, albeit in a limited capacity. He'll likely hold a pregame workout before his status is decided, but the running back appears to be trending toward a return to action. Given the long layoff along with the fact that he still might not be 100 percent healthy, Bernard may not immediately reclaim his role as the Bengals' top pass-catching option out of the backfield if he suits up. Bernard should at least absorb most of the minimal snaps that have recently fallen to rookie Mark Walton, who has been served as the primary backup to Joe Mixon.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
4 days ago

Bernard (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doing the math, with six players already ruled out by the Bengals and Alex Redmond considered doubtful, there's currently no room for Bernard on the team's Week 10 inactive list. Assuming he's available for the team's 1:00 ET kickoff Sunday, Bernard would step into a change-of-pace role behind Joe Mixon, who is coming off his best game of the season. It's an assignment that could yield a degree of PPR utility for Bernard, but volume will be an issue for him as long as Mixon is healthy.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 days ago

Bernard (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard has opened Week 10 with back-to-back limited practice sessions, but the Bengals may have been hoping for him to put in a little more work coming off a bye. Cincinnati will wait and see if Bernard is able to upgrade to a full session Friday, but if not, the running back would almost certainly carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Saints. If cleared to play this weekend, Bernard could be eased back into the mix with a restricted snap count after missing the Bengals' previous four contests with an MCL sprain.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
6 days ago

Bernard (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard returned to practice Monday coming out of a bye week, hoping to play in a game for the first time since Week 4 when he suffered an MCL sprain. His return for Sunday's game against the Saints likely would push Mark Walton out of a role in the Cincinnati offense, while Joe Mixon would face legitimate competition for passing-down snaps. Bernard may need to log a full practice session before the Bengals are comfortable bringing him back for a game.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
1 week ago

Bernard (knee) is practicing Monday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming out of a Week 9 bye, Bernard made his first appearance on the practice field since suffering an MCL sprain Week 4. A return for Sunday's game against the Saints would put a slight damper on Joe Mixon's projection, considering Bernard poses more of a threat than Mark Walton. That being said, Mixon handled a 79 percent snap share against the Colts in Week 1 -- the only time this season both he and Bernard made it through a game without any injury problems.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
3 weeks ago

Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Bengals on bye in Week 9, Bernard will take aim at a potential return to action Nov. 11 against the Saints. In his continued absence, Joe Mixon will head the Cincinnati backfield, with Mark Walton on hand to work in a complementary role.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
3 weeks ago

Bernard (knee) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Back-to-back practice absences point to Bernard being ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. The Bengals are on bye in Week 9, so it probably makes sense for the team to proceed cautiously with the running back, with an eye toward possibly welcoming him back to the mix in Week 10. In the meantime, Joe Mixon will continue to lead the Cincinnati backfield, with Mark Walton in reserve.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
3 weeks ago

Bernard (knee) was not spotted on the practice field Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard still has a couple more opportunities to return to practice as Sunday's game against the Buccaneers approaches, but his non-participation Wednesday hints at another potential absence this weekend, especially with the Bengals on bye in Week 9. If Bernard remains sidelined, Joe Mixon and Mark Walton would continue to handle the team's backfield duties.