Bernard healthy, expected to play against Packers
When running back Giovani Bernard's name popped up on the Bengals' injury report Thursday it caused a stir. Consider the stir calmed.
Bernard is listed as probable to play in Sunday's home game against Green Bay. He was limited in Thursday's team drills with a hamstring issue but participated fully on Friday. Bernard is coming off a two-touchdown performance in last Monday's 20-10 win against Pittsburgh.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters after practice on Friday that Bernard was held back Thursday purely as a precaution.
Also listed as probable are: defensive end Carlos Dunlap (thigh), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (knee), wide receiver Marvin Jones (foot) and tight end Alex Smith (illness).
The Bengals have already ruled out cornerback Brandon Ghee for a third straight game because of a concussion. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) and offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee) did not practice on Friday and are doubtful to play. Offensive tackle Anthony Collins (knee), cornerback Adam Jones (abdomen) and safety Jeromy Miles (hamstring) are listed as questionable, or having a 50-50 chance of playing. Collins has not practiced this week after starting Week 1 at Chicago in place of an injured Andrew Whitworth and playing in a rotation against the Steelers.