Bernard had six catches on eight targets for 32 yards in the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Broncos. He also had five catches for 14 yards. The Bengals had trouble moving the ball against the Broncos all day, so Bernard's relatively heavy volume in the passing game made a meager impact.
Bernard rushed once for 10 yards and caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns. The Bengals only rushed 20 times as a team, though it's likely that didn't impact Bernard's touches, as the veteran running back has failed to see more than two carries in three consecutive contests. Bernard has 39 carries for 176 yards this season, but without a plethora of touches, he can't be relied on as a fantasy option.
Bernard caught all four of his targets for 20 yards and added five yards on two carries during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Baltimore. Sunday provided a slight uptick for Bernard as he comes back from his knee injury, with six touches as compared to four from Week 10. He manged to gain fewer yards, however. He's had a tough few games to judge him fairly, though. The Ravens bottled up the run game Sunday, and last week, the Saints were up by too much for Cincinnati's run game to matter all that much. Still, he trails Joe Mixon in touches 28 to 10 since returning. He is unlikely to get enough touches to be too much of a factor next Sunday against a Browns defense giving up 4.7 yards per carry.
Bernard brought in two of three targets for 30 yards and added two carries for six yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Bernard was the preferred option in the Bengals' two-minute drill, but Joe Mixon still logged most of the snaps in the backfield. However, the entire second half was essentially garbage time, which makes it difficult to judge the team's plans for the division of labor in the backfield in Week 11.
Bernard is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. 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.
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