Bengals WR John Ross cleared to practice, designated for return from injured reserve
The Cincinnati Bengals have endured their fair share of struggles in the 2019 NFL season. Fortunately, some help could be on the way in the form of wide receiver John Ross.
Ross has been on injured reserve since suffering in a sternoclavicular injury in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he has now been cleared to practice:
Bengals WR John Ross, the former first-rounder who showed flashes before going on IR with a sternoclavicular injury, was cleared to practice. His 21-day window opens.
Now that Ross has missed the required eight games, he will be allowed to practice with the team for the next three weeks without counting against the active 53-man roster. Cincinnati will be able to further use that time to determine when he can officially make his return.
This is certainly an encouraging update given the current state of the Bengals’ receiving corps. Ross had finally started to look the part of a former first-rounder after hauling in 16 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns prior to the injury. The speedster’s looming return should undoubtedly provide a much-needed boost to this offense.
The absence of both Ross and wide receiver A.J. Green has left a few notable voids in the passing game for quarterback Ryan Finely. Finley has not yet had the luxury of having Ross and Green at his disposal and is hoping that can change in the near future.
Although the Bengals are not playing for much at this point in the season, it will be interesting to see how the rookie fares with some newfound firepower in the coming weeks.