Westerman was removed from the exempt/suspended list after he returned to the Bengals on Wednesday.
Westerman was contemplating retirement just last week and originally left the team before the Bengals' second preseason game. His return will come as a welcome one, as fellow lineman Cordy Glenn is dealing with a concussion.
Westerman has left the team and has been placed on the exempt/suspended list, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Westerman is expected to retire after not joining the team on their trip to Washington D.C. to play in the Bengals' second preseason game. That would make him the third lineman for the Bengals to retire since the start of training camp.
Westerman (back) does not appear on the injury report ahead of Sunday's season opener against the Colts, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Westerman injured his back in the Bengals' third preseason game, but the offensive lineman's absence from the injury report suggests he's all set to take the field in Sunday's season opener against the Colts.
Westerman injured his back and has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's preseason game against the Bills.
The exact nature of Westerman's injury isn't clear. In his absence, Cory Helms will likely see extended reps at guard for the remainder of the game.
Westerman (illness) has cleared his physical, has been activated from the active/non-football illness list, and is expected to rejoin practice.
Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports that Westerman was unavailable early in camp due to food poisoning, but he's since gotten over the ailment. The 2016 fifth-round pick started two games for the Bengals last season and figures to compete for a reserve role again in 2018.
Westerman was placed on the Bengals' Non-Football Injury list on Thursday.
Westerman has served as a depth lineman with the Bengals since the team tabbed him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Reportedly sidelined with a virus, the 25-year-old will attempt to carve out a larger role once healthy.