Now that six weeks of the NFL season have elapsed, players put on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list can now be activated. And with Ced Ben suspended for this Sunday’s matchup in Seattle, the Bengals had one extra roster spot, clearing the way for Pacman Jones’ return.
"He can't tackle any more dummies than he's tackled,” joked head coach Marvin Lewis this week. “For the last month he's been over there tackling that big tackling dummy. He's gone through the entire progression and obviously the medical people have cleared him."
The return of Pacman bolsters a Bengals defense that was fifth best against the pass without him, but had only forced a total of two INT’s, second lowest total in the league. While Pacman won’t start ahead of Leon Hall or Nate Clements, he should be used extensively in nickel situations and eventually on lick and punt returns.
In five games with the Bengals last year, Jones contributed an INT and two fumble recoveries returning one for a TD. Jones’ knack for the big play and explosive speed on returns gives the Bengals defense and special teams an immediate shot in the arm and could provide immediate dividends versus a Seahawks offense with limited ability to move the ball via the pass.