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 Week 10's four. He manged to gain fewer yards, however. It's been a tough two games to judge Bernard as 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 since returning 28 to 10. 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 had two catches for 30 yards on three targets, along with 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, though the entire second half was essentially garbage time, which makes it difficult to judge the team's intentions for next week.
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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