Walton did not record a single carry or target during Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints.
Walton saw only two offensive snaps during the Week 10 loss. With both Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard healthy for the first time since Week 2, Walton no longer appears to possess a notable role in Cincinnati's offense. The rookie fourth-round pick is expected to see most of his snaps on special teams going forward.
Walton is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, but is expected to see reduced involvement on offense with Giovani Bernard (knee) returning from a four-game absence, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Walton had functioned as the Bengals' clear backup running back with one of Bernard or Joe Mixon missing each of the last six games, but that role didn't bear much fruit. Over that span, Walton managed just 24 yards on 13 carries and hauled in five receptions for 41 yards. Though he'll continue to dress Sunday, Walton's snap count on offense will likely sink into the single digits, with the rookie instead expected to see most of his action on special teams.
Walton's catch helped keep a drive alive - he turned a 3rd-and-13 into a 4th-and-3, which the Bengals subsequently converted and later turned into a touchdown. But he only saw 10 snaps on offense, down from 14 the week before.
Walton had four carries for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.
Almost all of Walton's snaps came late, too, when the game was well out of hand. Even with Gio Bernard out, Walton hasn't seen action on third downs that Bernard usually receives. Instead, Joe Mixon has simply stayed in the game on third down.
Walton lost a yard with each of his two carries during Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.
Walton is averaging just a single yard per carry this season and, aside from 28 receiving yards in Week 4, hasn't offered much in the passing game. The Bengals haven't turned to the rookie much despite the absence of Giovani Bernard (knee). Bernard is reportedly nearing a return and so his condition is worth monitoring. If Bernard is out, Walton's likely few touches would seem to be more valuable Sunday against a Chiefs defense ranked 31st in the league with 5,4 yards per opponent carry.
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