Jackson (pectoral) is fully healed and ready to compete for playing time in 2017, the Associated Press reports. Jackson didn't log a single snap his rookie season due to the pectoral injury he suffered in the preseason. Now back to full health, he'll compete with Darqueze Dennard, Josh Shaw and Bene Benwikere for playing time behind starters Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick in 2017.
Jackson (pectoral) is expected to be full-go for spring workouts, Cincinnati.com reports. Jackson lost his rookie season to a pectoral tear suffered in practice last August but appears to have recovered nicely. In fact, the Bengals had plans to activate the cornerback from injured reserve before RB Giovani Bernard (knee - ACL) went down in November, prompting the team to change course and use its sole 'Designated for Return' tag on RB Cedric Peerman instead. Since Jackson had come this close to playing, it appears he could already be fully healthy. Thus, it comes as little surprise that he's expected back for spring workouts in April. With No. 1 CB Dre Kirkpatrick an unrestricted free agent and starting complement Adam Jones potentially facing legal discipline, those workouts could be the starting point for Jackson's quest to claim a first-string role in 2017.
The Bengals opted to designate Cedric Peerman on IR-to-return over Jackson (pectoral injury). Jackson was the Bengals' first-round pick this year but won't play a snap this season. He was considered likely to be able to return before the end of the season, but there's more of an urgent need for Peerman to return because of Gio Bernard's injury.
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