The Cincinnati Bengals got some big news today that offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji has been cleared to resume practicing, the team announced.
Adeniji has been on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list since August 31st due to a torn pectoral injury suffered in OTAs. Today starts a 21-day period during which he may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the roster at any time during that period.
A 2020 sixth-round NFL Draft pick by way of the Kansas Jayhawks, Adeniji appeared in 15 games (five starts at left tackle) last season. He showed enough potential to think he could eventually develop into a starting-caliber tackle in this league.
However, Adeniji was never going to be a starter in 2021 with Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff manning both tackle spots, but the second-year man still provides valuable depth and would be a welcome addition if he’s eventually cleared to play.