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  • Giovani Bernard: Retires from football

    Bernard announced his retirement Friday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

    The 2013 second-round pick spent his first eight seasons with the Bengals, and while he never ran for more than 730 yards or five touchdowns in a season, he averaged 42.8 catches for 358.4 receiving yards and also earned a reputation as a good pass blocker. He spent his final two seasons in Tampa Bay, where he had trouble staying healthy and barely saw the field in 2022. The 31-year-old retires with 6,772 scrimmage yards and 36 career touchdowns.

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  • Buccaneers' Giovani Bernard: Sees first carries of season

    Bernard rushed seven times for 28 yards and brought in both targets for minus-1 yard in the Buccaneers' 30-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

    The veteran back saw his first touches from scrimmage all season Sunday as head coach Todd Bowles emptied his bench in the second half of the meaningless regular-season finale. Bernard's Sunday cameo on offense is expected to be a one-and-done unless multiple injuries strike the Buccaneers' running back corps during the postseason, with his only opportunity to play likely to come on coverage and return units.

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  • Buccaneers' Giovani Bernard: Still limited to special teams

    Bernard did not log a snap from scrimmage during the Buccaneers' 30-24 win over the Panthers in Week 17.

    The same has held true for all seven games Bernard has been active for this season, with all his action thus coming on special teams. However, there may be a possibility for the veteran running back to finally garner some offensive touches in the Week 18 finale versus the Falcons if head coach Todd Bowles opts to give his reserves more playing time as the game unfolds.

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  • Buccaneers' Giovani Bernard: No offensive snaps Monday night

    Bernard logged eight special-teams snaps but did not see action on offense during the Buccaneers' 17-16 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    The veteran back garnered active status for the second time in as many games since coming off the injured list, but he failed to see any action on offense again. With both Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White above-average pass-catching backs, Bernard isn't a priority on offense for the time being.

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  • Buccaneers' Giovani Bernard: No action in Week 12 return

    Bernard (ankle) did not log any snaps during the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday despite being active for the contest.

    The veteran back was available following his Saturday activation from injured reserve, but even with Leonard Fournette (hip) inactive, Bernard did not see the field. It remains to be seen if Bernard sees some action in Week 13 against the Saints if Fournette remains unavailable, but if the latter is active, the veteran could find himself a healthy scratch.

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  • Buccaneers' Giovani Bernard: Activated off IR

    The Buccaneers activated Bernard (ankle) off injured reserve Saturday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    With Leonard Fournette (hip) unavailable Sunday, it'll be interesting to monitor the usage of both Rachaad White and the veteran Bernard. While White has performed well as a receiver and pass protector this season, Bernard has historically been a standout in those areas as well. With that in mind, the Buccaneers could opt to use White primarily as a rusher, while Bernard takes the field primarily on the passing downs. The Buccaneers also have Ke'Shawn Vaughn on hand as another option in the backfield.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 205 lbs
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, FL
Age: 32
School: North Carolina
Experience: 11