The Buccaneers fielded Giovanni Barnard on Saturday and sidelined fellow running back Leonard Fournette for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
Tampa Bay has nominated Bernard to return to practice on Monday. He has been on the disabled list since Sept. 21 after injuring his ankle in Week 2.
Bernard, who turned 31 on Tuesday, had 14 yards on one kickoff return in the first two games of the season. He played 11 snaps, all on special teams.
He rushed for 3,755 yards and 22 touchdowns, caught 365 passes for 2,990 yards, and scored 14 points in 129 NFL games (30 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2013-20) and Tampa Bay. .
Rookie running back Rashard White started two straight games as the Buccaneers (5-5) visited the Browns (3-7) and Fournette missed the opening game of the season.
Fournette maintained his hip pointer in the second half of a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Munich, Germany on Nov. 13, but made enough progress to hit the field during this weekend’s bye week in Tampa Bay. could not be achieved.
Fournette, 27, has 462 yards and three points in 10 games this season.
White, 23, had 22 carries and a season-high 105 yards against the Seahawks. He has 357 yards from scrimmage and his 1 touchdown in 10 games.
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