Bengals tailback Giovani Bernard suffered an ACL tear, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the player's situation.
Bernard will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
Although the output on the ground has been disappointing, Bernard has remained a key cog in Andy Dalton's intermittent aerial attack. Among all running backs, Bernard ranks in the top 10 for receptions (39) and receiving yards (336) this season. He's been one of the NFL's premier pass-catching backs since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2013. Now that Bernard is out of the backfield rotation, Rex Burkhead is an obvious candidate to pick up snaps in obvious passing situations while Jeremy Hill shoulders more of the running workload.