According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Bucs RB Giovani Bernard avoided major injury on Sunday. On Monday night, Pelissero reported that Bernard suffered a slight MCL sprain on his fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Rams, and is day-to day. Earlier in the day, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said the veteran running back was still being evaluated. Following the Bucs 34-24 loss, Arians seemed confident Bernard hadn’t suffered a significant injury.

Bernard saw his largest workload of the season against the Rams, logging 33 snaps. He had seven more plays than Leonard Fournette and 21 more than Ronald Jones in the contest. Arians has made it clear that Bernard was only the team’s third down back and two-minute back. But the situation in Week 3 led to a larger role for Bernard, as the Bucs trailed most of the game. He finished the game with nine receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.

It remains to be seen if Bernard will be healthy enough to play on Sunday. The Bucs travel to New England to take on the Patriots in a much-anticipated Week 4 matchup. Given how anemic the Bucs rushing attack has looked, Bernard’s presence will be missed if he is unable to play. This could be the week Bernard gets his first carry of the season. The Bucs don’t return to practice until Wednesday, which is the next time the media will speak to Bruce Arians for another update.

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24 days ago

Bernard looked good on Sunday and should have earned himself more playing time when he returns. Even then, our running game is anemic. I think they abandon it too quickly, which kills the play-action. Even if they only get a couple of yards per carry, they can’t abandon the run like they do. It keeps the defense honest.

24 days ago

Our rushing attack is “anemic” because we hardly run the ball at all. Only 13 carries spread between four players (Fournette, RoJo, Godwin, and Brady). As compared to 41 passes. Consequently, opposing defenses quickly lose respect for the run, putting their efforts into pass defense. The Rams were able to stop the passing touchdown production – only 1 vs. 5 the week before, even if they did not hold down the passing yardage (432 yards by Brady). The net effect was less scoring – 3 TDs vs. 5 TDs the week before. The running game to be effective needs repetition,… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Naplesfan
Reply to  Naplesfan
24 days ago

And to echo Jon Ledyard, pass on first down, then run on 2nd and 3rd down so that we don’t end up with 3rd and long so often.

24 days ago

$#!t, we needed him for this upcoming Pats game. I don’t think he’s going to play in it and if he does I don’t think he’s going to move well enough to be effective.

Reply to  pinkstob
24 days ago

unfortunately I think you are right

24 days ago

Those west coast trips can be brutal-seems to be harder on east coast teams traveling west than vice versa, especially against what’s considered now to be the best team in the league-on the bright side,Bucs are still WAAAY ahead of where they were at last year at this time!