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Bengals activate Samaje Perine off COVID-19 list

Perine returns after missing over a week.

Syndication: The Enquirer Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Cincinnati Bengals today have moved Samaje Perine back to the active roster from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Perine, a fifth-year player out of Oklahoma, was placed on the COVID list on October 11th following the team’s Week 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He ended up missing last week’s game against the Detroit Lions, but now that he’s clear COVID protocol, he should be good to go for Sunday’s matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

To compensate for Perine’s absence, the offense featured rookie running back Chris Evans more and elevated Trayveon Williams off the practice squad. It’ll be interesting to see if Perine plays his normal amount of snaps, or if Evans’ emergence changed the dynamic of Cincinnati’s backfield. Evans was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with a hamstring injury.

In five games played this season, Perine has 87 rushing yards on 20 carries and a receiving touchdown to boot.