According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned to practice on Thursday. This is especially good news considering the team lost their No. 1 cornerback Leon Hall halfway through the team's Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and they're facing Anquan Boldin and the Ravens' receivers.
Hall's absence leaves a void in the Bengals secondary opposite of Nate Clements. Kelly Jennings has underperformed so far as a Bengals cornerback and the rest of the secondary, especially after releasing Morgan Trent to make room for Cedric Benson after his one-game suspension, lacks considerable experience.
Adam Jones, if he's healthy, would be the team's best player to replace Hall at starting cornerback. At the same time, though, he hasn't actually played as a starting cornerback in over a year.
Even though Jones needs to think of his healthy, he also says he needs to think of his team.
"I also have to think about my team," said Jones, who said he’d work Thursday. "They’ve been waiting on me patiently. I’ve had some nicks and nacks. I might have to play through a little pain to do what we have to do. I’m prepared to see how it goes. It is what it is. I’m happy for the opportunity. I want to be 100 percent before I get back out there. This week I think I will be 100 percent. My goal is to get out there and play fast without thinking."
It's likely that even if Jones plays on Sunday that Jennings will start opposite of Clements in Week 11. Hopefully he can keep Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith from doing too much damage.