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Bengals Cornerback Adam Jones May Start The Season On PUP

According to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones won't be able to practice this week. Jones, at one point a prime candidate for the starting cornerback spot opposite Leon Hall after Johnathan Joseph's departure for the Houston Texans, hasn't practice at all during training camp, placed on the Active/PUP list when practices began. Jones suffered a spinal injury during a two-point conversion late in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.

While on the Active/PUP Jones could return to work at any time he's ready and medical cleared. However, if he's placed on Reserve/PUP at the start of the season, he'll be ineligible to play for the first weeks of the season; although he wouldn't count towards the 53-man roster. If they don't place Jones on Reserve/PUP, they'll have to keep a roster spot open on the 53-man roster, even though he'd be unable to perform.

Even if Jones returned, he'd have to beat out Morgan Trent, who is having a good preseason, for a spot at nickel.