According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis revealed today that he’s played with a broken thumb since Week 2:
Green-Ellis revealed Wednesday he’s played with a broken thumb since the second week of the season, as well as coped with an ankle injury, as the running game tries to atone for the poor outing in the 17-6 loss Sept. 29 in Cleveland in which the Bengals running backs carried just 16 times for 50 yards. In the six games since the Bengals have averaged 124 yards rushing per game on 3.94 yards per rush.
“I think I’m feeling better,” BJGE said.
This could explain why rookie RB Giovani Bernard has gotten more carries as of late than Ellis. Even though Gio is clearly the more dynamic back and will be the feature back at some point, the team needs a power back like BJGE to pound the rock into the line to convert the third-and-short plays that Gio has struggled to convert.