Giovani Bernard Misses Practice Again, Week 9 Status Now In Doubt

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | 0

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green may be on track to resume playing in Week 9, but the team is now dealing with a potentially threatening injury to a different player.

According to team writer Geoff Hobson, starting running back Giovani Bernard was held out of practice today (Thurs., October 30, 2014), marking the second straight day he’s missed and putting his Week 9 playing status in serious jeopardy:

Bernard left Cincinnati’s Week 8 win over the Baltimore Ravens with a hip injury, but conducted post-game interviews as if the injury was far from serious. However, it appears that it is an increasingly serious concern.

Bernard has been diagnosed with a hip pointer, which would suggest that rookie running back Jeremy Hill will take over as the starter while Bernard is sidelined. The team has been surprisingly quiet about Bernard’s injury, which most likely lent to the belief that it was nothing to worry about.

But the exact opposite could be true, as Bernard has taken an incredible amount of abuse as the team’s lead back this season. He hasn’t been utilized in the passing game as much as he was expected to, something that could have contributed to him wearing down at the midway point of 2014.

He’s a smaller, shiftier back whose skillset requires him to have a lot of open space for him to make the other team miss. Cincinnati just hasn’t been putting him in too many of those spots this year, and that could be why they only recently broke a 0-2-1 slide by defeating Baltimore.

Yet this is the Cincinnati, and they are used to playing a hard-nosed, power running style of football. For that purpose, the bigger Hill may actually prove to be the more effective back.

Still, no official word has been released as to “Gio’s” official Week 9 status, a ruling that will most likely come Friday or even before the game on Sunday. A hip pointer is hardly an injury to be played through by a player like Bernard, so erring on the side of caution could be the best course of action for the Bengals as they attempt to hold onto their slight lead in the division.

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