Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Riley Lees, running back Pooka Williams, and defensive tackle Renell Wren all passed physicals today and have been cleared to practice, the team announced. All three players had been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on July 25th.
This is obviously great news for all three guys, but more so for Wren. A former fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Wren has only appeared in 11 games (two starts) thus far in his career, all of which came during his rookie season. He finished that year with a 57.3 Pro Football Focus grade.
In 2020, Wren suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury on August 23rd.
Then this offseason, the Bengals added veteran Larry Ogunjobi and fourth-round rookie Tyler Shelvin to the defensive tackle group, while Josh Tupou is returning after sitting out the 2020 season to avoid COVID-19. That makes this a very challenging position for Wren to earn a roster spot at, especially if he were to miss the start of training camp with an injury.
As for the other two guys, Lees is a longshot just to make the practice squad, while Williams has a real chance to make it as a fourth running back and punt returner.