Hill rushed for 361 yards in three games in Bernard's absence, and kept on running against the Texans, racking up a team-high 87 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Bernard managed just 45 yards in the game on just one fewer carry, and didn't do much to make up the gap in the passing game.
The Bengals kept the carry split very even Sunday, and that could be the case moving forward, which might not be the best outcome for either player's value. The Bengals led early and faced little resistance from the Texans' offense, which allowed them to run the ball 43 times total.
If the Bengals are stuck playing from behind moving forward, opportunities to run the ball extensively could be much harder to come by. Still, they should be working from ahead often yet again in Week 13, with the Buccaneers on the schedule, so both Hill and Bernard might be worth starting yet again.
Fellow running back Jeremy Hill had a team-high 87 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in the win. The Bengals are back in action Week 13 at Tampa Bay.
While Bernard is listed as the starter, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said during the week he will ease Bernard back in action.
"With Gio just coming back, it's going to be hard for me to just thrust him in there and let him go again," Jackson said Wednesday. "I think we have to work him into our process. What will determine that is just how fast and how ready he is to go."
Bernard missed the previous three games due to hip and shoulder injuries. Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson indicated earlier in the week that the team will likely ease Bernard back into action, while giving Jeremy Hill a bigger share of the load.
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Bernard has been dealing with hip and clavicle issues that have kept him out of the last three games.
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