Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Offering some hope that Bernard might return as soon as next week is that he was spotted working on a side field at Friday's practice. In Week 6, however, Joe Mixon is once again slated to head the Bengals backfield, with Mark Walton on hand to work in a reserve role.
Bernard (knee) was spotted working on a side field at Friday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Bernard was unable to take part in the Bengals' first two practices of the week, and it appears unlikely he will get in any work Friday. The Bengals will reveal whether or not he has any chance to get back on the field Sunday when they release their final injury report of the week.
Bernard (knee) wasn't present for the portion of Thursday's practice that was available to the media, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Bernard is expected to go down as a non-participant in practice for the second straight day, further validating the notion that he's a long shot to play Sunday against the Steelers. If Bernard is in fact sidelined for a second straight game, Joe Mixon would be in store for a hefty workload out of the backfield. Rookie Mark Walton would be on hand as Mixon's lone backup.
Bernard (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Coach Marvin Lewis said he isn't ready to rule Bernard out for Week 6, though the typical recovery timeline for an MCL sprain suggests the running back isn't likely to play. Lewis did mention that Bernard needs to practice again before he's cleared to play, so fantasy owners should have a better idea about his outlook by Friday. The Bengals' decision to release Thomas Rawls on Tuesday does hint that the team expects Bernard to return fairly soon, even if he's not quite ready for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Another absence would leave Mark Walton as the No. 2 running back, portending a big workload for Joe Mixon.
Coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday that he isn't ready to rule Bernard (knee) out for the Bengals' Week 6 game against the Steelers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Lewis did acknowledge with regard to both Bernard and receiver John Ross (groin) that "you have to practice to play." At this stage, it seems unlikely that Bernard will be able to practice as anything more than a limited participant this week, so a second consecutive absence looks to be in order for the 26-year-old. That said, Bernard's MCL issue doesn't look to be a long-term concern, as the Bengals' decision to release fellow running back Thomas Rawls on Tuesday suggests the team may expect Bernard back in the near future. Assuming Bernard ends up sitting out Sunday, however, Joe Mixon would be in line for another full workload out of the backfield.
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|7||10/22||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||27.67|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||21.20|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||4||12.40|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||15.67|
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