Bengals running back Giovani Bernard recorded team highs in receiving Sunday with eight receptions for 46 yards in his team's 26-10 loss to the Colts in the Wild Card round. The Bengals were without their top two receiving threats, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, for the first-round playoff game, and their solution was for the offense to feature three running backs, with Bernard teaming with Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead to receive 28 of the team's 35 non-QB touches. Bernard also added six rushing yards on three carries in the loss. Burkhead drew the first two touches of the game, racking up 23 yards on an end-around on his only carry of the day and adding 34 yards on three receptions over the course of the game. He managed just 76 yards on 16 touches during the regular season.
Several Bengals skill position players chipped into the lopsided victory Sunday in Cleveland. The most significant was running back Rex Burkhead, who scored his first career touchdown, a 10-yard bolt up the middle to put the cherry on top late in the fourth quarter. Another strong contributor was tight end Ryan Hewitt, who caught three passes for 34 yards. Wideout Mohamed Sanu added a catch for four yards while tight end Kevin Brock snagged one for two yards.
Three injured players occupy the inactive list submitted Sunday by the Bengals for their game in Tampa Bay. They are linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee), wideout Greg Little (illness) and defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle). The healthy scratches are running back Rex Burkhead, defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris and offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson and Jamon Meredith.
Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, running back Rex Burkhead, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson, wide receiver Greg Little and defensive end Margus Hunt were all ruled inactive Week 12 at Houston.
The Bengals received minor contributions from several role players in Week 11 against New Orleans. With Giovani Bernard out, Cedric Peerman backed up Jeremy Hill on Sunday. He rushed for 21 yards on two carries. Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead failed to make much of an impact in the running game. He carried the ball twice and finished with 1 yard. In the passing game, James Wright caught his lone target for a gain of 8 yards.
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