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Adam Jones returns to practice after concussion protocol

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned to practice on Thursday, albeit in a limited capacity, after undergoing concussion protocols on Wednesday. Save for any change, Jones should be ready for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned to practice on Thursday after causing a mini-stink on Wednesday.

Jones, who had twice cleared concussion tests on Sunday (including tests from independent neurologists) and was on the field during the final defensive play of the day, self-reported to team doctors that he had concussion-like symptoms after the game.

The team placed him under concussion protocols on Wednesday and Jones sat during practice. The veteran cornerback returned on Thursday as a limited participant, suggesting that he has cleared protocol. Obviously Friday will be a significant determination for Sunday, but we're expecting Jones to play at this stage.

Jones has defended against 65 targeted passes this season while allowing 40 completions for 457 yards passing with two scores, a pick and two passes defensed. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 86.6 against Jones this season.

Admit it... there's a part of you that hopes Jones takes off against the Steelers to see what we have in Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick. Then you remember, it's Steelers week... we need all hands on deck.