Giovani Bernard should be OK after rib injury

AP

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 NFL.com 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.