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John Ross cleared for practice

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Ross can make his return to the field in less than a month.

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The Bengals have cleared John Ross III to return to practice and have designated him for return from the Reserve/Injured list.

Ross has been on the R/I list to return since October 2nd with a sternoclavicular injury he suffered in the team’s Week 4 game against the Steelers.

Today starts the 21-day period during which Ross may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. At the end of that period, on December 2nd, Ross can activated to the roster because he will have missed the required minimum of eight games since being placed on the R/I list to return.

Ross counts as the first of a possible two players the team may designate for return from the R/I list this season. The second player may end up being Darius Phillips, who’s been on the R/I list to return since September 26th.

It’s important to note that Jonah Williams can also still return this season, as he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. His potential return will not be denied by Ross or Phillips, as they were placed on a separate list.