The superstar midfielder is recording lows not seen since his debut season (not including shortened matches in 2020), having been placed mostly in attack in periods throughout the opening 12 rounds.
The 26-year-old suffered an ankle injury in his side's season opener against Melbourne, but was able to play out the encounter before facing further tests ahead of Round 2.
After playing the opening seven matches of the year, the Dogs opted to rest their skipper for their Round 8 bout with Port Adelaide, a match that saw the Whitten Oval club fall short by 17 points in South Australia.
While the four-time Charles Sutton Medal winner has stood tall on several occasions in 2022, Bontempelli has been doing so with a hampered shoulder.
Following Friday's 13-point loss to Geelong at Marvel Stadium, Beveridge revealed that his star midfielder has been battling with an issue in his AC joint.
"Marcus has had a minor shoulder-AC thing going on, which the players put up with here and there," the Dogs' senior coach said.
Next week's mid-season bye will come as a timely break for the Bulldogs, who will likely be removed from the top eight by the time they return to the field to face the Giants in Round 14.
"Ed should be fine, I think 'Gardy' hurt his wrist, so we’ll have to have a look at that.
"One or two of the boys were a little ginger coming off a six-day break out of Perth, but that’s where they really steeled themselves and worked themselves into the ground after limited training week.
"It was great we could come at them, but it was just a shame we couldn’t drag ourselves across the line."
Johannisen has been able to overcome a calf complaint that kept him sidelined for the start of this season.
The Bulldogs will face GWS at GIANTS Stadium on Saturday, June 18.