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UNC's Bernard did not travel with team

Posted September 14, 2012
Updated September 15, 2012

— University of North Carolina running back Gio Bernard did not travel with the team to Louisville Friday according to the school and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain.

Bernard, who had also been returning punts, was seen practicing earlier in the week with a brace on his left knee. On Wednesday, head coach Larry Fedora said that Bernard had not missed any reps in practice and that he “looked good.” North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

Bernard, last season’s ACC Freshman of the Year, scored three touchdowns in the first half of the opener against Elon before injuring his left knee. He did not return to the field for the second half of the opener and was also forced to sit out last week’s 28-27 loss to Wake Forest.

In Bernard’s absence, A.J. Blue and Romar Morris received most of the carries against the Demon Deacons. Blue has three touchdowns on 28 carries totaling 145 yards to lead the Tar Heels in all three categories.

Roy Smith filled in for Bernard on punt returns last week. He totaled 28 yards on three returns with a long of 16 yards.

Louisville (2-0, 0-0 Big East) has yet to give up 100 yards total rushing in a game this year. They held Missouri State to 99 yards last week and Kentucky to 93 yards in the opener.

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  • Hammerhead Sep 15, 4:42 p.m.

    Lost in all of the insane banter on here is the fact that the kid should not have gotten nicked... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    If what you're saying is right (he was too easily injured) then he might just have TA McClendon... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    And his recreational devices made of acrylic.

  • tommybrownnc Sep 15, 2:20 p.m.

    Excuse time for UNC again if they fall to the Ville!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Uh...the article was not written by a Tar Heel fan. You haters are hilarious because you can't... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    what???
    he merely claimed that bernard being out was a "built-in excuse" for hole fans... View More

    — Posted by WolfpackindahouseV.14

    No "Gio" in team there DebbieSAC. I did not see him say anything about a "built... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    Now, these were funny!

  • tommybrownnc Sep 15, 2:19 p.m.

    When UNC lost aganist Wake there were several posts blaming the loss on Bernard being hurt. But... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Yep, backups played fine. YOu were whining like the clutch on an old Oliver tractor about... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    "Eloquent?". Excuse me while I go barf. :7)

  • Dr. Feelgood Sep 15, 12:59 p.m.

    Excuse time for UNC again if they fall to the Ville!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Uh...the article was not written by a Tar Heel fan. You haters are hilarious because you can't... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    what???
    he merely claimed that bernard being out was a "built-in excuse" for hole fans... View More

    — Posted by WolfpackindahouseV.14

    No "Gio" in team there DebbieSAC. I did not see him say anything about a "built in excuse". Hmmm, you girls have matching collars to wear when out on the town together since you seem to want to tell us what HE was thinking?

    I'm so far ahead of you when you post I get the monthly rate at the Embassy Suites so I can relax while you stuggle to kiss the ground I walked on 4 months ago.

    Just in case you didn't know, you just got pwnd so badly, we will have to send out to the US State Dept. for extra pages to get stamped by me in your Troll Passport.

    Dang, pwnd once more. Quit crossing the blog road, you are getting flattened worse than a opossum trying to cross the Inner Beltline.

  • Dr. Feelgood Sep 15, 12:52 p.m.

    When UNC lost aganist Wake there were several posts blaming the loss on Bernard being hurt. But... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Yep, backups played fine. YOu were whining like the clutch on an old Oliver tractor about excuses. Uh...let's see hater, I have not seen anyone "blame" the loss on Bernard. We stunk it up on offense and defense. I posted an eloquent monologue about it. So not sure of the red fogged images you see in your imagination but you are seeing them due to the Cranial Red Rash,

  • PacknoPride Sep 15, 11:01 a.m.

    What would be funny is dook loses to nc central.

    I think VT was more than lucky against GT. I think talent - and coaching - are in VT's favor... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Here again, you brought some respective to the rest of the posters. My school has coaches that ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Totally agree about Foster - what a great coach.

    Yeah - most people thought the Wake game would... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I think it is funny that we caught static for playing Elon, but Dook is playing N.C. Central... View More

    — Posted by DooksucksV.2

  • DooksucksV.2 Sep 15, 10:40 a.m.

    Sarcastic? Nah. Not any more than me and most others. They pick up some Virginia papers. I le... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    I think VT was more than lucky against GT. I think talent - and coaching - are in VT's favor... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Here again, you brought some respective to the rest of the posters. My school has coaches that ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Totally agree about Foster - what a great coach.

    Yeah - most people thought the Wake game would... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I think it is funny that we caught static for playing Elon, but Dook is playing N.C. Central today and they lost to Elon by 20.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 15, 10:23 a.m.

    I'm no doctor. But here's what I think. If it was a minor tweak he got in the Elon game, good... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    It pizzes me off that we haven't been told the entire story. First,it was " oh he could... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Well, coaches keep info to themselves sometimes. If you give details on an injury, some... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Good point, TBK, but I thought coaches were a little more transparent than this. When he... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    JG, you know you need some milk or bread..... go ahead and shop at HT again today! :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 15, 10:22 a.m.

    Let's face it, if Carolina can beat State, Fedora will be fine this year. They'll rest Bernard... View More

    — Posted by InTheNo

    I'm no doctor. But here's what I think. If it was a minor tweak he got in the Elon game, good... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    It pizzes me off that we haven't been told the entire story. First,it was " oh he could... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    i agree, gunn...TOB is always real secretive about his injuries, also....we havent heard a damm ... View More

    — Posted by duane11

    I heard Crisp fractured his tail bone, and was likely out for the season. I'm being cautiously optimistic since TOB has not announced he would be out for the season yet. If a player is out for the season, why not go ahead and announce it?

  • WolfpackindahouseV.14 Sep 15, 9:22 a.m.

    Excuse time for UNC again if they fall to the Ville!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Uh...the article was not written by a Tar Heel fan. You haters are hilarious because you can't... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    what???
    he merely claimed that bernard being out was a "built-in excuse" for hole fans after louisville plasters them... this article being written has lil (read- NOTHING) to do with that reality (that hole fans will whine about not having gio after louisville plants them in the mud).

    try and keep up.

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