The Bengals got a bit of a boost on Thursday with some good news surrounding rookie wide receiver Marvin Jones. According to reports, Jones was back at practice on Thursday. Fellow rookie wideout, Mohamed Sanu, has risen to the occasion of late and played well the past couple of weeks. Conversely, the wide receivers that started the year opposite A.J. Green, Brandon Tate and Armon Binns, have been non-factors of late and the emergence of Sanu has been welcomed.
Jones tore the MCL in his knee on the opening kickoff in Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis hinted that the injury was a blow to the team because Jones was slated to have a big offensive role in the game. Jones had a solid preseason and has flashed in limited time in the regular season, but his return could bring a jolt of energy to the Bengals offense. If Jones can join Sanu and contribute to the offense going forward, it will make life much easier for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
UPDATE: The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy relays the word that Jones' participation was limited on Thursday.