Harris was designated to return in mid-November and has done enough to squeak into the 21-day window for activation. He will provide some depth at the cornerback position and could serve as a contributor on special teams.
Harris will be able to practice with the team for three weeks without being counted against the roster limit, during which time the Bengals will decide whether to return him to the 53-man roster or allow him to remain on IR for the rest of the season. The rookie was initially placed on IR on Sept. 3, and will serve a depth role in Cincinnati's secondary if he returns to the active roster.
Harris missed Sunday's game against the Bills with a knee injury.
Harris, a fifth-round rookie out of Illinois State, will hope to get healthy in time for the Bengals' final preseason game against the Colts on Thursday. As long as he is out, expect C.J. Goodwin and Tony McRae to provide depth for the Bengals at cornerback.
Harris (undisclosed) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice.
The Bengals' fifth-round pick in this year's draft, Harris is looking to secure a depth or backup role in the secondary. The injury that sidelined him the past few days remains unclear, but it isn't expected to hinder him going forward.