Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard (bruised ribs) is expected to be okay according to coach Marvin Lewis, via a report from ESPN's Coley Harvey. Bernard left the team's Week 9 game against the Miami Dolphins.
Fantasy Impact: It isn't a matter of if Bernard will steal touches from teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but rather when he will.
Before getting hurt against the Dolphins, Bernard scored perhaps the most spectacular touchdown of the season on a 35-yard rush in the fourth quarter of the game. He was able to stay on his feet despite numerous attempts to tackle him and showed an uncanny ability to change direction on a dime.
He and Packers rookie Eddie Lacy are no doubt future fantasy studs in the NFL, despite their limited resumes. Bernard is only getting about 12 touches per game right now, but fantasy owners have to like the prospects of that average significantly increasing in the second half of the season.
Bernard has got to be in fantasy lineup as he continues to further realize his potential as the season wears on.