Bernard is expected to play in Sunday's critical tilt against the Texans as Cincinnati looks to keep hold of its slim lead over Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland in the AFC North.
The larger question is how many carries Bernard will see after Jeremy Hill rumbled for 361 yards over the past three games, including a pair of 150-plus yard explosions. We still expect Gio to see plenty of touches in space as an outside runner and pass-catcher, but Hill has cemented himself in Hue Jackson's attack.
Other injuries we're tracking as Wednesday barrels on:
- Minnesota running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (low back) missed practice, along with wide receiver Greg Jennings (rib) and Jarius Wright (hamstring). Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and defensive end Everson Griffen (neck) were limited participants.
- Amid the truckloads of snow falling in Buffalo, the Bills couldn't get to practice. However, the team released an injury report that listed defensive end Manny Lawson (ankle), quarterback Kyle Orton (toe), guard Kraig Urbik (shoulder), running back Fred Jackson (groin), cornerback Ron Brooks (groin) and kicker Dan Carpenter (groin) as limited by something other than the citywide driving ban.