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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bengals believe Giovani Bernard (hip) is "(going to) be ok."

Rapsheet's tweet is devoid of other context, so it's unclear if that means "ok" for Week 9, or simply the long run. Bernard sat out Wednesday and Thursday's practices, and the Bengals haven't offered any meaningful updates on his status. For now, he should be considered unlikely to suit up against the Jaguars. That would leave backup Jeremy Hill as a clear top-20 option.
Oct 30 - 4:35 PM

A.J. Green (toe) participated in Thursday's practice.

It was another "limited" session for the long-sidelined receiver, but it's a step in the direction for his Week 9 status. Even if Green practices again on Friday, he's likely trending toward a game-time decision, but owners can be cautiously optimistic he'll suit up. CIN/JAX kicks off at 1ET, so thankfully we'll have a Green answer no later than 11:30 AM ET.
Oct 30 - 1:26 PM

Giovani Bernard (hip) is not practicing again Thursday.

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site says "you have to figure he's going to be out." That would leave Jeremy Hill as the feature back against the Jags Sunday, with Cedric Peerman and possibly Rex Burkhead mixing in. We have no details on the severity of Bernard's injury right now, other than that it's a hip pointer. All owners can do is sit tight and hope they were handcuffing properly with Hill, who could very well push for 20 touches Sunday.
Oct 30 - 1:01 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Bengals are "getting [Cedric] Peerman ready as a complimentary back to Jeremy Hill."

Gio Bernard (hip) is in doubt for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He couldn't finish last week's game and did not practice on Wednesday. The change-of-pace type Peerman has been on the fringe of Cincy's roster for the last five seasons, rushing just 54 times. The real winner if Gio sits, of course, would be rookie power back Jeremy Hill. He'd take on feature duties and would be a candidate for 20 touches.
Oct 30 - 10:54 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Richard Skinner wrote on Twitter Wednesday that Giovani Bernard has a "hip pointer" and his clavicle is "bothering him," and Bernard "could miss Sunday('s)" game against the Jaguars.

The clavicle is the collarbone. We've known about that injury for a few weeks. The hip pointer is what kept Bernard out for the final 7-8 minutes of last week's win over Baltimore. The Bengals play the Browns on Thursday Night Football in Week 10, so it's conceivable that they will consider holding him out of Sunday's game in an effort to get him back for a key divisional matchup with 4-3 Cleveland. Keep in mind Skinner was simply replying to a question on Twitter, not reporting. There's just been so little information available on Bernard to this point. Bengals reporters again didn't even ask about his status in Wednesday's press conference with coach Marvin Lewis.
Oct 29 - 8:03 PM

A.J. Green (toe) indicated Wednesday he is still unsure of his Week 9 status.

Green practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. It sounds like his availability will be a late-week or game-time decision for Sunday's clash with Jacksonville. "I’m just going to go day-by-day and do a little more tomorrow," Green said. "I think I’ll be fine, but we’ll just take it day-by-day. I have to take care of my body. I have a long career ahead of me. I don’t want anything serious when I can just rest it and make it feel better."
Oct 29 - 7:21 PM

Giovani Bernard (hip) is not practicing on Wednesday.

Bernard missed most of the fourth quarter last Sunday after hurting his hip. There have been virtually no updates on him since, with only NFL Network's Ian Rapoport saying "the sense" is Bernard's injury isn't serious. We chalked that up as mostly a guess. Bernard's not off to a great start for Week 9.
Oct 29 - 1:11 PM

A.J. Green (toe) returned to practice Wednesday, getting in a limited session.

It's Green's first Wednesday practice in about a month. He's going to try and play this week against the Jaguars. Green says if he plays, he's not going to be on a snap count. Hopefully he'll be able to avoid setbacks throughout the practice week. Owners need to sit tight. We'll provide constant updates.
Oct 29 - 1:08 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict had his left knee scoped on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least two games.

That's extremely optimistic, as most players need about four weeks to recover from a scope. Burfict can't stay off the trainer's table this season. He's missed time with a couple concussions, a neck injury, and now this. With MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) also on the shelf, Emmanuel Lamur and Vincent Rey will be the Bengals' top two linebackers. Burfict has played just 223 snaps this season.
Oct 29 - 12:04 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was vague on A.J. Green's (toe) status at Monday's press conference.

"We'll see how he does this week," was Lewis' unhelpful answer on his star receiver. Green has said he expects to play against the Jaguars, but we've yet to see anything definitive. That might not happen until the Bengals return to practice on Wednesday. For now, owners just need to keep sitting tight.
Oct 27 - 3:10 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "(doesn't) get the sense" that Giovani Bernard's hip injury is serious.

It appears Rapsheet is mostly guessing, but this has been the general consensus since Bernard checked out of Sunday's win in the fourth quarter. The situation should be updated at Monday's presser, but if not, we'll get a firm update when the Bengals practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners can leave Bernard penciled in to Week 9 lineups.
Oct 27 - 1:12 PM

Giovani Bernard held court with reporters following Sunday's win over Baltimore, after missing most of the fourth quarter with a hip injury.

Bernard didn't play in the final eight minutes. Neither Bernard nor coach Marvin Lewis was even asked about the injury, suggesting there were no indications Gio was significantly injured. It's worth noting that Bernard missed time in Week 6 with a shoulder/collarbone injury, was limited in practice after Week 7 with a rib injury, and now suffered the hip injury against the Ravens. Gio is currently on pace for 250 carries but only 51 receptions, five fewer than Bernard notched in a lesser role as a rookie. The Bengals would be smart to scale back his rushing workload and use Gio more in the passing game.
Oct 26 - 8:20 PM

A.J. Green (toe) said he feels 80 percent right now.

Green said he felt about 40 percent last week, so the jump to 80 is obviously a great sign. When asked if he expects to play in Week 9, he definitively said, "yes." Green is expected to get a specialized shoe from Nike this week, which will hopefully allow him to pay through some discomfort. For now, consider him questionable.
Oct 26 - 5:57 PM

Jermaine Gresham secured 4-of-4 targets for 34 yards in the Bengals' Week 8 win over the Ravens.

Gresham plays a possession role in Cincinnati's offense, and is surprisingly not involved much in the red zone. He is a low-end TE2 in fantasy leagues.
Oct 26 - 4:45 PM

Greg Little secured 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in the Bengals' Week 8 win over the Ravens.

Little contributed a handful of chain-moving receptions, taking over as Cincinnati's No. 2 receiver opposite Mohamed Sanu. This usage will be short lived as A.J. Green (toe) is due back in Week 9 against the Jaguars.
Oct 26 - 4:27 PM

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