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John Ross cleared to return to practice from IR list

Bengals WR John Ross is on his way back from a clavicle injury. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross breaks free for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium. Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Big news out of Cincinnati. The Bengals announced on Wednesday that wide receiver John Ross has been cleared to return to practice from the injured reserve list. Ross fractured his clavicle in Week 4 of the season and has been on injured reserve since. He has to miss a minimum of eight games before he can return to game action, which means he can return to game action in Week 14 against the New York Jets.

Fantasy football analysis: Bengals WR John Ross

The timing on Ross’ return is big since Week 14 is the first week of fantasy football playoffs. You likely will not want to start Ross in his first game back given potential rust, but Ross could swing some matchups if he does play that first week back. Whenever that first game is, some will start him and some will sit him, and one will be a good decision and one will be a bad decision.

The Bengals are still working to get A.J. Green back in the lineup as he continues rehabbing his ankle injury. He’s been out since the early days of training camp, and remains a question mark with seven weeks left in the season. If the Bengals get both Green and Ross back, the fantasy value of Auden Tate and Alex Erickson takes a huge hit, and Tyler Boyd would lose some value as well. But, it could still be a while, so it’s not something to get in a tizzy about quite yet.