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Giovani Bernard | RB | Cincinnati Bengals
Posted: 12/23/2014 10:30am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard carried eight times for 36 yards in the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos Monday, Dec. 22, while adding five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: This appears to be what's in store for Gio going forward: a dozen touches, most of his production as a receiver, and the occasional touchdown. That's a big drop from what was expected of him heading into this season, as he's become the complimentary back to Jeremy Hill.

Posted: 11/21/2014 3:00pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip, clavicle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Bernard will be back on the field Sunday for the first time in a month, but don't be too surprised if rookie Jeremy Hill gets the bulk of the work against the Texans.

Posted: 11/21/2014 11:12am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will be the leader in a 65-35 split of the carries with RB Giovani Bernard in Week 12, in the opinion of beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: It's just one beat writer's opinion, but it echoes the prevailing sentiment coming out of Cincy: that the current jobshare will look a whole lot like last season, with Hill playing the lead dog role of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard getting complimentary touches. Could change as Gio gets healthier, but let's worry about this week and go from there.

Posted: 11/20/2014 3:55pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (clavicle, hip) is fully participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but that's now two straight days of workouts for Bernard, who's missed the last three games. Nothing's official yet, but start tinkering with idea of having Bernard available Sunday.

Posted: 11/20/2014 10:07am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (clavicle, hip) will be eased back into the lineup, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday, Nov. 19. 'I think we've got to work him back into our process and how we do things. What will determined that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: The suggestion here is that Gio won't walk back into a full share of carries like he had previous to his injury. Jeremy Hill has handled the job just fine in Gio's absence and will likely be the majority shareholder of Bengals backfield touches for this week and perhaps the next week or two as well while Gio reacclimates to the lineup.

Posted: 11/19/2014 2:10pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) is participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: It's the best news in a month for Bernard's fantasy owners as the RB has missed the last 3 games. See if the reports remain positive the rest of the week.

Posted: 11/17/2014 10:07pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) may be able to participate in practice this week, but head coach Marvin Lewis said the team will wait to see if he is able to return to the field.
Huddle Up: Wait and see is most definitely the operative phrase here as Bernard is trying to avoid his fourth straight missed game.

Posted: 11/14/2014 2:37pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) is not practicing Friday, Nov. 14 and has been ruled out of the team's Week 11 game in New Orleans.
Huddle Up: Bernard's status remains status quo with no practice and no positive news to report, and he'll miss a third straight game Sunday, meaning another big workload for rookie Jeremy Hill.

Posted: 11/12/2014 3:54pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Definitely not good news, especially considering the Bengals have had extra rest since playing on Thursday night in Week 10. See what develops over the remainder of the week.

Posted: 11/6/2014 10:38am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) will not play in the Week 10 game Thursday, Nov. 6, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: The team had been talking about sitting Gio since before the Week 9 game, so this should come as no surprise. Jeremy Hill gets to follow up last week's bustout performance with another fantasy-friendly opportunity.

Posted: 11/5/2014 4:16pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (clavicle, hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 5, and is listed as doubtful for Week 10.
Huddle Up: The short week has certainly done Bernard no favors as he's headed toward a second straight missed game. Rookie Jeremy Hill -- with a sprinkle of Cedric Peerman -- will shoulder the load Thursday night against the Browns.

Posted: 11/4/2014 7:43pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip, shoulder) missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 4, and he's unlikely to play in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Huddle Up: It's looking very much like another Jeremy Hill game, and his fantasy owners are salivating coming off the rookie's 163 total-yard, 2-TD performance Sunday.

Posted: 11/3/2014 12:44pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) is unlikely to play in Week 10 Thursday, Nov. 6, in the opinion of beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: Jeremy Hill will start against the Browns struggling rush defense. Hill is a strong RB2 this week if Bernard is out.

Posted: 10/31/2014 11:21pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard's (hip) status for Week 10 is uncertain since the game is on Thursday, Nov. 6, and the team will take a wait-and-see approach with him, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Bernard has already been ruled out for Week 9.
Huddle Up: If Bernard can't go, Jeremy Hill would get the start against Cleveland's bottom five rush defense.

Posted: 10/31/2014 3:19pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hip-pointer injury.
Huddle Up: Bernard will miss his game as a pro, leaving rookie Jeremy Hill to start against the visiting Jags. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead could also see a few touches, but definitely expect Hill to see his most work this season.

Posted: 10/30/2014 10:26am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip, shoulder) has a hip pointer and clavicle which is bothering him and he could miss the Week 9 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to beat writer Richard Skinner. The team has a quick turnaround with a game Thursday, Nov. 6, in Week 10.
Huddle Up: The Bengals should be able to beat Jacksonville with Jeremy Hill handling the workload, but Gio's fantasy owners--who were looking forward to a big bounceback game here--have to be disappointed at the prospects of Bernard missing this matchup entirely.

Posted: 10/29/2014 2:33pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Bernard is definitely banged up, but it's only the first practice of the week so certainly see how Thursday and Friday go.

Posted: 10/24/2014 2:48pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Bernard will go and will need to be more of a factor after gaining a season-low 16 total yards on 9 touches in last week's shutout loss in Indy.

Posted: 10/9/2014 8:58am et
Cincinnati Bengals RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill might be asked to do more in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers if WR A.J. Green (toe) is unable to play. 'Never out of weapons,' offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday, Oct. 8. 'We'll put somebody else up in there and let's go.'
Huddle Up: Jackson certainly isn't against a run-heavy attack, and if Green is out the Bengals will be thin at wideout so more running makes sense. It's already a favorable fantasy matchup for both Bernard and Hill; an increased workload would make them that much more valuable.

Posted: 9/18/2014 10:02am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is on pace for 328 carries, while rookie RB Jeremy Hill is ticketed for 152 for a total of 480. That would be the most by two Bengals backs in a single season, shattering the previous record of 405, set in 2000. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson isn't estimating how many carries each will get on a given day, and said Wednesday, Sept. 17, that is varies from series to series. He calls plays on the sidelines rather than up in the booth so he can sense the ebb and flow of the game. 'It's the way things unfold. But Gio is the starting tailback on this football team. So at the end of the day, he's going to get some chances that maybe everybody else doesn't get until he proves he can't or the other guy proves that he's better,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: No surprises here, not even Jackson's backfield tandem being on pace to set records for usage. You knew Hue wanted to run the ball, you knew Gio would be the lead guy, and you hoped Hill would prove up to handling his share of the load; thus far all have proven true.

Posted: 9/4/2014 3:44pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will likely see more touches than RB Jeremy Hill in Week 1, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: More touches? Bernard's fantasy owners are most certainly hoping so with their man being drafted, on average, a full 100 picks before the second-round pick who's coming off a strong preseason showing.

Posted: 7/16/2014 7:19pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to be utilized early and often in 2014. One beat writer expects 230 carries and 70 receptions.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing Gio get 300 touches this season, a reasonable workload that shouldn't overly tax the smaller-in-stature Bernard. The key will be if Jeremy Hill (or Rex Burkhead, or BenJarvus Green-Ellis) plays well enough to earn a chunk of carries that will keep Gio fresh without compromising the Bengals' offensive success.

Posted: 5/22/2014 11:01pm et
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey indicated the team would like to get RB Giovani Bernard more involved in the passing game this upcoming season. 'We want to do more with him because he can do that,' Caskey said. 'It's not just put him in the slot. We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where's he at. You have to make a decision to either play the run or play the pass. What do you do when he's on the field? He's a lot like [Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush] where you have to be aware at all times.'
Huddle Up: Bernard was targeted 71 times and did have 56 receptions as a rookie, which ranked 8th among all NFL RBs last season. Count on him being one of the top backs off the board in most PPR leagues this summer.

Posted: 2/6/2014 10:17pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said he expects a wild playbook from new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in 2014. 'For me and Benny, I think we've done a good job thus far. I think we can continue to keep doing a good job,' Bernard said. 'We just got to go into it with an open mind, and he's (Jackson) going to create this craziest playbook ever, but it's going to be fun. I'm excited for it.' Jackson is expected to move the Bengals to a more ground-and-pound offensive approach including Bernard and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Huddle Up: Bernard had 226 touches to Green-Ellis' 224 last season, but look for the margin to swing more in favor of the second-year RB if both players are back in Cincy next season.