UPDATE: As Jason pointed out earlier this morning, Geoff Hobson tweeted that Keith Rivers was set to return to practice on Wednesday. However Hobson later followed that up with this tweet that Marvin Lewis said Rivers won't practice today.
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker and the team's first-round pick from the 2008 draft, Keith Rivers, was cleared to return to practice and is practicing with the team for the first time in the 2011 season on Wednesday. Rivers was out through the first half of the season, placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List because of a surgery on his wrist that he had before the season.
The team was granted a three-week roster exemption for Rivers which means he can practice for three weeks without counting against the team's 53-man roster. After that three weeks, the Bengals will have to decide whether or not to place him on Injured Reserve or cut somebody to make room for him.
Based on the play of the Bengals' front seven, especially the play of Thomas Howard, who was signed in response to Rivers' injury, it would be a surprise if Rivers was brought back to the active roster at the end of his three-week roster exemption, especially if the linebackers stay healthy.
Either way, it's nice to see Rivers back at practice.