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Bengals RB Giovani Bernard out several weeks due to MCL injury

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The Bengals can’t catch a break in the backfield.

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The Bengals won’t be seeing the backfield duo of Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon for at least a few more weeks.

Just as Mixon is set to return from minor knee surgery, Bernard will miss the next 2-4 weeks due to an MCL sprain, according to Tom Pelissero.

Bernard left in the fourth quarter of the win in Atlanta and couldn’t finish, though he later said that was due to fatigue, so it’s unclear when this injury happened. He’s been the starting running back in each of the past two weeks, and he played a big role in the Bengals’ comeback win over the Falcons.

Mixon started in Weeks 1-2 and ran 38 times for 179 yards and a touchdown before injuring his knee against the Ravens. Bernard got just one carry in Week 1, but since Mixon’s Week 2 injury, Bernard has played well as the starter. He has 34 carries for 155 yards and three scores this season.

With Bernard out, rookie running back Mark Walton figures to remain the No. 2 back, though it’s possible we finally see Thomas Rawls this week. Rawls has yet to be active in a game since joining the team in Week 3.