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Jonah Williams cleared to practice

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The Bengals are finally getting their first-round pick on the practice field.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have cleared offensive tackle Jonah Williams to practice.

Williams, the 11th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, has been sidelined for the last six months after suffering a shoulder injury in OTAs that required surgery. He’s been on the PUP list since training camp began, and now, he’s finally able to practice.

This is tremendous news for an offensive line that has struggled mightily this season, though a big part of that has been injuries and the retirement of Clint Boling. Those issues would have been greatly helped if Williams hadn’t been injured, as he was set to start at left tackle and move Cordy Glenn to left guard.

A lineup of Williams, Glenn, Trey Hopkins, John Miller and Bobby Hart would certainly be a nice upgrade over what the Bengals have ultimately had most of 2019, which has included Andre Smith and John Jerry starting at left tackle for most of the season due to Glenn being out with a concussion.

While Williams may not play in any of the Bengals’ three remaining games, getting him valuable practice reps is important as he heads into the offseason as the likely starting left tackle for 2020.