With starting running back Adrian Peterson (foot) and backup running back
But come practice time Wednesday, he was the one on the sidelines with an ankle injury while Peterson and Gerhart both saw the field.
A Peterson return appears to be the most likely scenario for Week 16 at Cincinnati, so whichever of Gerhart and Asiata is active would simply be filling the backup role, with Gerhart getting priority. And if Peterson doesn't end up playing, you probably wouldn't want to start either, given the matchup. The Bengals rank fifth against the run, giving up 98.7 yards and 3.9 yards per carry, and have surrendered the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season. The last time they allowed even 70 rushing yards to a player was in Week 9.
If you feel the need to handcuff Peterson, Gerhart is still the way to go. Despite the touchdowns, Asiata averaged just 1.7 yards per carry last week. If that's the best he could do against the Eagles, he doesn't stand a chance with this matchup.
Peterson and Gerhart will not play, leaving Matt Asiata with the full-time workload. Rhodes and Fusco were listed as doubtful heading into the game.
Gerhart injured his hamstring late during Week 14, and was unable to get through early practices. He was able to practice on a limited basis Friday, but didn't improve enough to play Sunday. With Adrian Peterson also out, Matt Asiata should receive the bulk of the workload.
Early Sunday morning K-TWIN radio's Sean Jensen, a former
Peterson and Gerhart are both currently listed as questionable, Peterson with a foot sprain and Gerhart with a hamstring injury. Both were limited in practice Friday after not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday.
The team had no official announcement but did call up
CBSSports.com will have the latest on this situation later Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET on Fantasy Football Today.
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