Bengals shift Keith Rivers from non-football injury list

AP

The Cincinnati Bengals have cobbled together a potent defense without the services of linebacker Keith Rivers.  On Wednesday, the team moved him a step closer toward contributing in 2011.

The Bengals announced that Rivers has been activated from the reserve/non-football injury list.

Rivers, who underwent wrist surgery in July, may now practice with the team.  The Bengals have three weeks to put him on the active roster or shut him down for the balance of the season.

The eighth pick in the 2008 draft, Rivers started 13 games in 2010 and 13 games in 2009.  He started the first seven games of his rookie season, until Hines Ward blew him up on a blindside block.