Darius Phillips Cleared To Practice

Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips returns a kickoff in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bengals today cleared CB Darius Phillips to return to practice, by designating him for return from the Reserve/Injured list.

Phillips has been on the Reserve/Injured list since Sept. 26 with a knee injury he suffered in Game 3 at Buffalo. He counts as the second of a possible two players the team may designate for return from the R/I list this season. The first was WR John Ross III, who was designated for return from R/I on Nov. 13.

Today starts a 21-day period during which Phillips may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the roster as soon as next week because he will have missed the required minimum of eight games since being placed on the R/I list to return.

Phillips, a second-year player, originally was a Bengals fifth-round draft pick out of Western Michigan University last year and played in 15 games (one start) as a rookie. He had played in the Bengals' first three games this season and had one tackle and an interception on defense, and six kickoff returns for 137 yards (22.8).