Bernard tore his ACL six months ago and isn't expected to return in full until early on in the regular season. It wouldn't have been surprising to see him sit out OTAs entirely, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. With the addition of Joe Mixon in the draft, Cincinnati is under no pressure to hurry Bernard back, as he'll likely be the third option when he does return.
With the Bengals drafting Joe Mixon in the second round, Bernard (knee) faces an uphill battle for playing time this season, though perhaps he won't be challenged by Mixon as much as Jeremy Hill, Bengals.com reports.
Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL and is guaranteed to be ready for the start of the season, and Hill is in the last year of his rookie contract, so the Bengals' need for adding a running back was more pressing than what it appears at initial glance.
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.
Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, he's drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll reenter 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 reportedly might 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 to ensure any absence is minimized.
Bernard was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Cincinnati's Week 10 game against the Bills in November. Although 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 that 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.
|P3||8/27/17||@ WAS||4:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|