Bengals starter returns to practice

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Bengals starter returns to practice

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Akeem Hunt #33 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball after beting Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals on the coverage at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals starting safety Shawn Williams returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss at Green Bay.

Williams, who was on the rehab field Wednesday, was one of the six Bengals who were limited participants Thursday, along with running back Giovani Bernard (thigh), wide receiver Cody Core (ribs), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (shoulder), guard Trey Hopkins (knee) and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (knee).

Tight end Tyler Eifert (back). wide receiver John Ross (knee) and safety Derron Smith (annkle) are expected to miss their second consecutive game Sunday at Cleveland.

Linebacker Jordan Evans sat out for a second day in a row after suffering a hamstring injury against the Packers.

Three players who were limited Wednesday were upgraded to full participation Thursday — safety George Iloka (hamstring) and cornerbacks Josh Shaw (hip) and KeiVarae Russell (hamstring).

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