The Bengals are bringing back Pro Bowl special teamer Cedric Peerman off injured reserve and putting first-round pick William Jackson on injured reserve for the rest of the year.
They had a choice between activating Peerman, a seventh-year running back heading into free agency who broke his arm in the pre-season finale, and Jackson, the rookie cornerback from Houston who tore his pectoral muscle in the first week of training camp.
In bringing back the veteran Peerman and icing the rookie Jackson, the Bengals are indicating they are still all in on this season even with a 3-6-1 record. Last Sunday's season-ending torn ACL suffered by Giovani Bernard looked to be a factor because it left the Bengals with just two running backs.
Peerman is expected to practice Wednesday, beginning a three-week window in which he may practice with the team without being counted against the 53-player active roster limit. He could be added to the roster at any time during this three-week period. But he indicated he's ready to play this week.
"I could have played weeks ago," Peerman said, but the Bengals aren't saying if Peerman plays Sunday.
INJURY UPDATE: Obviously wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) and running back Giovani Bernard (knee) didn't practice Wednesday. Green has already been declared out for Sunday and Bernard is on season-ending injured reserve. Also not practicing was Brandon LaFell (knee), the other starting wide receiver.
Also sitting out Wednesday with a chance to play were starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and starting safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) after both left Sunday's game. Also backup tight end C.J. Uzomah (calf) didn' work after misisng Sunday's game. Long snapper Clark Harris, who gutted out a hamstring injury Sunday and kept on snapping, was on the field Wednesday and went limited.
For the second straight week, quarterback Andy Dalton rested his throwing shoulder on the first day of the week's practice.
Cincinnati Bengals players pass out holiday goods at the Freestore Foodbank Thanksgiving Food Distribution 11/22/2016