ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Terrel Bernard’s big game in the Bills’ 37-3 win at Washington on Sunday has earned the second-year Bills linebacker AFC defensive player of the week recognition.

Bernard, in his fourth career start, became the first Buffalo player to record two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in the same game. He is the seventh NFL player in history to compile those stats in a regular season game, and the first since Brian Urlacher did it for Chicago in 2007.

Bernard is the second Bills player to earn player of the week this season, following quarterback Josh Allen after Week 2.

“He’s a student of the game,” coach Sean McDermott said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “He’s very into the process of preparing himself to play. And I think the other piece is the DNA that he possesses is about or helps him to really earn his way on the team. Yes. Playing time. Yes. Respect of his teammates. Yes. Center and leader of the defense. In the middle of the defense. Yes. Signal caller. Yes. I mean, he just takes that personality that he has I think is impressive.”

The Bills will see the AFC’s reigning offensive player of the week Sunday when the undefeated Dolphins visit. Rookie running back De’Von Achane had 203 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while adding 30 yards receiving and another two scores in Miami’s 70-20 win against Denver. He was the second NFL player, and first since 1961, to rush for more than 200 yards and score four touchdowns.


Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB squad in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. The Buffalonian has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Bisons, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in Western New York since 2005, for publications including The Associated Press, The Buffalo News, and Niagara Gazette. Read more of his work here.