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Bengals activate Darius Phillips

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Phillips is fighting for a roster spot in a crowded group of cornerbacks.

NFL: DEC 09 Bengals at Chargers Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Bengals have activated cornerback Darius Phillips off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced Sunday. He’s now cleared to resume practicing after opening camp on PUP and missing Saturday’s camp opener.

A second-year player out of Western Michigan, Phillips was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was considered a ballhawk slot defender and a dynamic returner on special teams.

As a rookie for the Bengals, Phillips was active in 15 games with one start, but he primarily played on special teams. He recorded 22 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defense while returning two punts for 24 yards.

Phillips is facing an uphill climb to earn playing time this season with William Jackson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard and B.W. Webb having their roster spots secured. There’s no guarantee Phillips even makes the final roster with guys like KeiVarae Russell, Tony McRae, Devontae Harris and Jordan Brown vying for spots as well.