Bengals' Giovani Bernard, Vontaze Burfict likely out Sunday
Neither player has practiced this week, indicating they will be out for Cincinnati's game against the Saints.
Bernard has injuries to both his hip and shoulder. He has not played since Week 8 against the Ravens. Rookie Jeremy Hill has taken over as the team's top running back in Bernard's absence. Hill had 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars in Week 9.
Burfict had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Oct. 29, three days after the Bengals' game against Baltimore. He was expected to be out for at least two games with the injury; this will be his third game missed.
Burfict was the team's leading tackler last season. Bernard started all 16 games at running back in 2013, but received fewer carries than BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
The Bengals are 5-3-1 this season and currently hold the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot.
- Dan Gartland