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RB Giovani Bernard is re-signing with the Buccaneers on a 1-year deal for the "veteran salary benefit," according to ESPN's Jenna Laine. That means just less than $1.3 million for the 10th-year veteran. Bernard carried just 8 times while adding 29 targets over 12 regular-season games last year, losing 4 to hip and knee injuries late in the season. He's expected to work behind Leonard Fournette and Ke'Shawn Vaughn on the depth chart.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee, hip) is active for today's Wild Card game vs. the Eagles. It'll be his first action since Week 14. Bernard is joined in the backfield by Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell. Vaughn figures to lead in carries, with Bernard and Bell handling the bulk of the passing-game work.

The Bucs designated RBs Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Gio Bernard (knee, hip) to return from IR. Both guys are eligible to return to practice and appear on track to play in Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Eagles. We'll monitor their practice participation this week. Assuming they're healthy, Fournette should step back into a workhorse role, with Bernard mixing in for a few passing-down snaps.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard is expected to miss "some time" with an MCL injury and hip strain suffered in Sunday's win over the Bills, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Bernard hasn't topped 4 carries or 3 targets in a game since Week 3, so there's very little fantasy impact here. Leonard Fournette will continue to dominate touches in Tampa's backfield.

Update: Bernard has been placed on IR, so he's out until at least Week 18.

11:35am EDT 10/10/21

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Dolphins. He put in a full practice on Friday and should be ready to retake his usual passing-down role. Bernard isn’t a Week 5 fantasy option but lowers RB Leonard Fournette’s ceiling a bit.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Dolphins. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so he figures to play. Bernard isn't a Week 5 fantasy option but will likely steal a few targets from RB Leonard Fournette.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He has a shot to return for this weekend's game vs. Miami. Bernard would likely step back into a pass-catching role, putting a dent in RB Leonard Fournette's fantasy outlook.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee) is out for Sunday night's game vs. the Patriots. Bernard leads Bucs RBs with 15 targets and has run a route on 31% of pass plays through 3 weeks. The majority of that work should go to RB Leonard Fournette this weekend. It's a sizable boost to Fournette's Week 4 fantasy value.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. We're still expecting Gronk to play vs. the Patriots on Sunday night, but his status is worth checking on tomorrow. RB Gio Bernard also missed practice again on Thursday.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. His MCL sprain is supposedly minor, but consider him no better than 50/50 to play vs. the Patriots on Sunday night. Bernard's absence would be a boost to RB Leonard Fournette's fantasy stock.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard suffered a "slight" MCL sprain on his garbage-time TD in Sunday's loss to the Rams, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Bernard is considered "day to day," but his status for this weekend's game vs. the Patriots is "TBD," per Pelissero. We'll keep an eye on Bernard's status this week. His absence would free up passing-down work -- likely for RB Leonard Fournette.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones will start Sunday's game against the Falcons, HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday. It feels like an olive branch after Jones was benched for his 2nd-quarter fumble in the opener. "Starting," of course, just means that Jones will be on the field for the 1st play of the game. It doesn't tell us anything about how big a role he'll play. This still figures to be a 3-man committee, with Jones and Leonard Fournette playing on early downs and Gio Bernard in passing situations.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (ankle) was a full participant in Monday's practice. So he's good to go for Thursday night's opener vs. the Cowboys. Bernard handled all the 3rd-down work with the 1st-team offense this preseason.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard (ankle) returned to practice on Sunday, according to Pewter Report. It's unclear how much Bernard did, but it clearly gives him a shot to play against the Cowboys on Thursday night. We'll get Tampa's 1st official practice report on Tuesday.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard is dealing with a "mild" high-ankle sprain, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Pelissero adds that Bernard is expected to be ready for the season opener vs. Dallas. But this would need to be an extremely mild high-ankle sprain for that to be the case. We'll keep an eye on Bernard's status. His absence would open up passing game work for RB Leonard Fournette (and maybe a bit for RB Ronald Jones.

Bucs RB Gio Bernard will be a "major part of the offense," HC Bruce Arians said Thursday. Arians went on to say that Bernard has been “more than pretty good” since joining the team. Arians is no stranger to hyperbole, so take this with at least a small grain of salt. But Bernard did match RBs Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones with 2 snaps with the 1st-team offense in the preseason opener. Both of Bernard's snaps came on 3rd down. We're expecting him to play a big role on passing downs -- although we'd still be surprised if he took too many carries from Fournette and Jones.

The Athletic's Greg Auman calls Gio Bernard the Bucs' "likely" pass-catching back. That could be a valuable role considering Tampa RBs combined for 119 targets last year. Bernard, though, will need to beat out Leonard Fournette among others for that job. Bernard has caught 30+ passes in all 8 of his NFL seasons, including 47 last year. But he turns 30 in November and settled for a cheap, 1-year deal with the Bucs this offseason after getting cut by the Bengals. He's not guaranteed anything. We'll monitor the battle for the passing-down snaps in this backfield.

The Bucs signed RB Gio Bernard, 5 days after he was dumped by the Bengals. The 29-year-old has averaged less than 4 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. But he's remained useful in the passing game, catching 112 balls and averaging 7.2 yards per. Bernard will be no better than 3rd in line for carries in the Bucs backfield behind Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones but could siphon receptions from both guys.

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