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Charlie Jones cleared to practice

Jones is now eligible to practice.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have cleared wide receiver Charlie Jones to practice by designating him for return from the injured reserve list, the team announced Wednesday.

Jones, a fourth-round rookie out of Purdue, has been on IR since September 29th with a thumb injury. Today starts a 21-day period when he may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster at any time during that period.

This news comes as the Bengals may be without fellow wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase this week due to a back injury.

Jones began the 2023 season as the Bengals’ primary punt returner. He returned a punt for a touchdown in Week 2 vs. the Baltimore Ravens. He has eight total punt returns for 150 yards and one score this year.

Jones also caught one pass for six years in Week 3 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. That was the game where he suffered a thumb injury in that landed him on IR, costing him the next five games and counting if he’s not activated this week.