When healthy, McFadden has proven to be a very solid tailback but staying healthy has been a problem. And we’re not talking freak injuries here, we’re talking about a player who has never played over 13 games in a season during his six year career.
Add in that McFadden was relatively hampered with a lingering injury in some of those games and his effectiveness was greatly reduced for the vast majority of his field time.
While the Bengals are likely to give Bernard a much improved workload for the 2014 season, there’s concern as to how much his smaller stature can handle. That could lead to a good number of carries for a ‘backup’, though given McFadden’s injury history, that’s a little scary.