Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley reported via his Twitter account that he has been "released to participate in full activitiy without restriction." Shipley had gone to Pensacola, FL today to be checked out by his surgeon.
The news comes almost eight months after Shipley went down in Denver with a torn ACL.
Shipley caught an Andy Dalton pass on a crossing route during the first half of the Bengals' second game of the season. As he was tackled, his left leg planted awkwardly in the turf resulting in the injury. Shipley was placed on injured reserve the next day and was lost for the season.
Shipley entered 2011 off a promising rookie season that saw him catch 52 passes for 600 yards and three touchdowns. Of his 52 catches, 30 resulted in Cincinnati first downs.
If Shipley is able to return to form, he provides Andy Dalton with an effective receiver in the slot. Andre Caldwell and Andrew Hawkins split those duties after Shipley's injury, but neither proved to be the dependable third down receiver that he was.
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