Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced on Monday.
Jones has been on the Bengals’ physically unable to perform list. By returning to practice today, the Bengals are starting the three-week window to add Jones to the 53-man roster. Until they do so, they will have a roster exemption.
Signed to a two-year deal by the Bengals in 2010, Jones had won the team’s No. 3 cornerback role and had 14 tackles and an interception in fives games last season before suffering a herniated disc that required surgery. Jones also returned punts and kicks for the Bengals prior to his injury.
The Bengals rank No. 1 in total defense and are No. 2 against the pass, but are tied with the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers with a league-low two interceptions on the season.