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Bengals use IR-return designation on rookie CB Davontae Harris

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Harris is now able to practice with the Bengals.

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The Bengals announced on Wednesday the return of cornerback Davontae Harris to practice by designating him for return from the Reserve/Injured list.

Harris, a 2018 fifth-round pick out of Illinois State, suffered a knee injury against the Cowboys in Week 2 of the preseason, which has kept him sidelined ever since. He made the initial 53-man roster, but that was so he could be eligible to get the IR-return designation after eight weeks. That time has now come.

During the last three college football seasons, Harris totaled 37 pass defenses at Illinois State. The three-year starter tested well at the combine with a 4.43 second 40-yard dash, 22 reps on the bench press, and a 4.4 20 yard shuttle.

Harris’ return starts a three-week window during which he may practice with the team without being counted against the 53-player active roster limit. He can be added to the roster at any time during the three-week period.

Today’s move constitutes one of a possible two instances a team may make each season in returning a player to practice from the Reserve/Injured list. Currently, there is no other player that is both eligible for the designation and healthy enough to return this season.