Rex Burkhead ready to fill Bernard's shoes-- Tue Nov 22 10:45 am --
Bengals ST standout looking to contribute on offense
All eyes are on Rex Burkhead, Giovani Bernard’s good friend, because he’s the guy that is going to take his place as that jack-of-all-trades-third-down back that must catch run, catch, and block.(Bengals.com)
FF Today's Take:Burkhead has emerged as a special teams staple the past two seasons, where he’s showed his reliability and smarts, and he’s their teams leading tackler this season. His hands have been on display every preseason and there has been a murmur after that stint in the slot to get him on the field more. The Bengals are confident he'll be involved, and that puts him on the radar as an RB3.
Giovani Bernard done for the season-- Mon Nov 21 7:50 pm --
Torn left ACL
A.J. Green wasn’t the only offensive star the Cincinnati Bengals lost on Sunday. RB Giovani Bernard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is done for the season, a person with knowledge of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.(USA Today)
FF Today's Take:Bernard was still in the game as the Bengals were running their two-minute drill with less than a minute remaining and wasn't known to be hurt after the game, so this one comes as a bit of a shocker. Rex Burkhead (finally) may come into some fantasy relevancy - he operated as a receiver for a banged-up Cincinnati offense in the playoffs a few years ago - but Bernard's absence leaves Jeremy Hill's owners as big winners with this news.
Bengals lose Giovani Bernard, torn ACL-- Sun Nov 20 10:00 pm --
Bengals hit hard by injury bug
On one of their final plays of the game in a 16-12 loss to the Bills, they reportedly lost running back Giovani Bernard for the season. The Enquirer confirmed an initial NFL Network report late Sunday night that Bernard suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament after bringing in a 7-yard catch from Andy Dalton with 58 seconds remaining.(Cincinnati Enquirer)
FF Today's Take:It was a brutal week for injuries and the Bengals got hit the most with A.J. Green (hamstring) and losing on half of their running back tandem, Giovani Bernard. Jeremy Hill should see an uptick in usage over the final seven weeks of the season. Rex Burkhead could also see an increase in snaps.