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Bengals medically clear LB Brandon Bell, activate him off NFI list

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Bell is now cleared to resume practicing and compete for a roster spot with a deep linebacker group.

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The Cincinnati Bengals now have Brandon Bell back and ready to practice.

On Wednesday, the team announced Bell had passed his physical and was cleared to come off the the Active/Non-Football Injury list. He opened training camp there with an undisclosed issue, which seems to have been minor now that’s he set to resume practicing.

Now entering his second NFL season, Bell initially signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2017. As a senior in 2016, Bell recorded 89 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in just 10 games (he missed four games due to injury).

During his four-year collegiate career, he finished with 226 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Bell would go on to have a promising preseason with the Bengals, but it wasn’t enough to earn him a 53-man roster spot right away. After being waived during final cuts, Bell was signed to the practice squad, though injuries to this position led to him being called up in the regular season. He appeared in three games and made six total tackles.