Bailey (knee) said Thursday that he expects to receive medical clearance in time to participate without restriction in preseason drills, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Bailey is recovering from an ACL tear sustained in September, but it looks as though he's on track for Week 1, barring any setbacks. The rookie seventh-round pick showcased big-play ability from 2016-18 at Purdue, where he averaged 100-plus tackles per season while racking up a total of 16.5 sacks.
The Bengals selected Bailey (knee) in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 215th overall.
Bailey (6-foot, 235) was a standout linebacker for Purdue before he suffered an ACL tear in September, which prevented him from doing any athletic testing before the draft. Not only did he average triple-digit tackles per season from 2016 through 2018, but Bailey made big plays as a blitzer and in coverage over that span, accumulating 16.5 sacks and six interceptions in those three years.