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Giovani Bernard should be OK after rib injury


We imagine most Bengals fans are in a bit of a trance right now, staring off into the distance muttering “Why, why?” over and over again as they replay Thursday night’s game-ending safety and the news of Geno Atkins‘ torn ACL in their mind.

Believe it or not, things could be worse. Running back Giovani Bernard left the game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury and didn’t return to the field before Cameron Wake put an end to a night that will live in Cincinnati infamy.

Mike Silver of reports that Bernard, who returned to the sideline in pads for overtime, should be OK. With 10 days off until the Bengals return to the field, Bernard has plenty of time to get healthy if the injury does prove to be of the minor variety.

Back before all the horrors for the Bengals, Bernard made the play of the night and possibly the season when he weaved through the Dolphins defense for a 35-yard touchdown run that will be a staple of highlight reels for a long time to come. It sounds like he’ll have a shot to replicate it in Week 10, which is good for a Bengals offense that didn’t generate much of anything once he left the contest.

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16 Responses to “Giovani Bernard should be OK after rib injury”
  1. afcdomination says: Nov 1, 2013 7:22 AM

    he reminds me of ray rice.

  2. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 1, 2013 7:53 AM

    I’m glad I popped him in my lineup to replace Ray Rice just before the game. I lost another player to injury, but this time, after he had 2 td’s.

  3. bostoncollie says: Nov 1, 2013 8:10 AM

    The Bengals need to use GIO more often. Green-Ellis doesn’t have the explosion, the ability to break off electric plays like Gio’s 35 yard (it felt like 100yd) TD run last night.

  4. jrazz22 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    Why green Ellis gets more touches is confusing

  5. truthfactory says: Nov 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    Its a joke that Green Ellis is the “feature back” in this offense. This kid is special. Why do they only give him 10 touches a game??

  6. itsmammoth says: Nov 1, 2013 10:03 AM

    Even a poor man’s Barry Sanders will make you rich.

  7. mikebrownfeedsondreams says: Nov 1, 2013 10:55 AM

    Yeah, I’d like to know what their thinking is with giving Law Firm so many snaps over Gio. Gio is clearly the better option unless he’s in there strictly to pass block.

  8. securb2013 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    I hope Bernard is ok the kid has skills. He was killing us lat night until the Dolphins put a little hot sauce on those ribs.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    The only way Bernard’s feeling OK is if he gets traded.

  10. afrancis55 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    He better be okay I need him on my fantasy team. He’s such a valuable flex

  11. keeley2 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:42 AM

    Hopefully Bengals staff is wary of the “rookie wall” and are limiting his touches. Come December, I’m also hoping that limits will be lifted.

  12. schneiderbengal says: Nov 1, 2013 12:56 PM

    fresh for january, enough said

  13. hehateme2 says: Nov 1, 2013 1:20 PM

    Well… that makes it 2-0 over the Bungles…um I mean Bengals the past two years.

    Big Red has thrown 5 picks and played poorly in both games. Too bad for Geno,though he was getting run over when in there.

  14. southpaw79 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    Looking at the long run, I would not be surprised if he hurt his ribs on that dive into the endzone. He seem to land funny on the back of his shoulders and then his legs kind of doubled him over as he came down. Great looking back, but he needs to learn not to flip into the endzone unless it is to avoid a tackle.

  15. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 1, 2013 2:36 PM

    Gio no likey the contact.

    This guy is SOFT.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 1, 2013 2:41 PM

    Great looking back, but he needs to learn not to flip into the endzone unless it is to avoid a tackle.
    Agreed he looks like a great back, but my first impression was that he flipped to avoid landing face-first or on his head. Didn’t seem show-boaty at all.

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