FOXBORO MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the catch in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the NFL season opener on September 12 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bengals 38-24. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley tweets that he's cleared for full activity "without restriction".
I am officially released to partipate in full activity without restriction!
According to his twitter account (which is unverified at this point), Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley is hoping to have his knee medically cleared today while visiting his surgeon in Pensacola, Florida. Shipley was placed on season-ending injured reserve on September 19 after suffering two torn knee ligaments (the ACL and MCL) during the second regular season game against the Denver Broncos last year.
Shipley, a third-round selection during the 2010 NFL draft, recorded an AFC-best 52 receptions among rookies (tied with Jermaine Gresham) and finished second with 600 yards receiving in the NFL. For all intents and purposes, Tampa Bay's Mike Williams was the only rookie receiver in 2010 with more overall production than Shipley. And Williams generated only 13 more receptions with the benefit of 344 additional offensive snaps over Shipley.
Though some would argue Shipley is by no means guaranteed anything, it's more than likely, if his knee continues strengthening, that Shipley will remain as the team's primary slot receiver.