Oct 4, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) makes the stop during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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Bengals DE Hubbard (elbow) cleared to practice

The Cincinnati Bengals designated defensive end Sam Hubbard for return from injured reserve Tuesday ahead of the team’s showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The move activates a 21-day practice period for Hubbard, who was put on IR on Oct. 15 after injuring his elbow in Week 5’s 27-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. There is an expectation that the 6-foot-5 Hubbard will be ready to play against the unbeaten Steelers. The Bengals (2-5-1) are coming off their bye week.

It would be a boost for a defensive line that has struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks and lost Carlos Dunlap via trade late last month.

Hubbard started every game for the Bengals prior to the injury, amassing 23 tackles and a sack. He registered 8.5 sacks last season in 15 games (all starts).

The Bengals selected Hubbard in the third round of the 2018 draft out of Ohio State.

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