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06-10-2014, 12:50 PM
Mark Slaughter ‏@MarkVSlaughter (https://twitter.com/MarkVSlaughter) 2m (https://twitter.com/MarkVSlaughter/status/476405420634812417)
Marvin Lewis said if camp started tomorrow, Leon Hall would be ready #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) @wcpo (https://twitter.com/WCPO)

06-10-2014, 12:53 PM
That is fantastic news.

06-10-2014, 01:45 PM
"Leon has had, again, an amazing recovery thus far," Lewis said. "Hopefully he continues with that pace. I will tell you if we were lining up to start training camp tomorrow Leon would probably be lining up to start training camp as he did two years ago. He's done incredible again."

So, the consensus seems Hall is on the road to a full recovery. He opened the 2012 training camp on the field for the first day and ended up having arguably his greatest season as a pro, including two pick-6s in the two biggest games of the year clinching a playoff berth at Pittsburgh and in the playoff game at Houston.


06-10-2014, 02:15 PM
That pick six vs. Pittsburgh was beautiful.

06-10-2014, 04:47 PM
That pick six vs. Pittsburgh was beautiful.

Yes but my favorite Leon play was that INT last fall vs GB. Textbook converge.

06-12-2014, 01:16 PM
Looks like Leon is moving Great! (http://instagram.com/p/pJgvNYjJ6Q/)

06-12-2014, 01:51 PM
Looks like Leon is moving Great! (http://instagram.com/p/pJgvNYjJ6Q/)

Very nice!
Who's the other guy rehabbing? Is that Boling?

06-12-2014, 02:01 PM
yea looks like Boling.

07-22-2014, 01:53 PM
Barring Setback, Leon Hall Should be on the Field this Week

By Jason Marcum (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Jason%20Marcum)  @JasonB_Marcum (http://twitter.com/JasonB_Marcum) on Jul 22 2014, 10:04a 3 (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/22/5926133/barring-setback-leon-hall-field-week#comments)

Bob Levey

Unless Hall has suffered a setback, he should be on the field practicing this weekend.
The start of NFL training camps are here. For the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals), their rookies reported on Monday, and the veterans will also be in Cincinnati soon enough.
Over the coming days, players will get physicals, go through conditioning tests and the medical staff will determine which players are fit to practice, and which ones need to be on the sideline rehabbing various injuries.

That could feature a number of key Bengals. Leon Hall and Geno Atkins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108655/geno-atkins)were among several players to be placed on the PUP before the first camp practice Thursday. According to Geoff Hobson, they are both expected to be cleared at some point in camp (http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Bengals-sign-rookie-DT/562eb264-0e13-4893-b3b9-493e573132e8?campaign=cin:fanshare:twitter). Pahl Dehner has echoed those sentiments (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/07/22/walkthrough-722-easing-pup-concerns/12983393/).

The goal of Hall for the entire offseason has been for him to be on the field when Day 1 of camp opens. The Pro Bowl cornerback suffered his second Achilles injury in three seasons midway through 2013, but was cleared to do football drills back in April (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/14/5613796/bengals-cornerback-leon-hall-cleared-for-all-football-drills-with).
Since then, he's busted his tail to be on the field when Thursday hits, and Marvin Lewis said in June that Hall already looked fit to practice. (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/10/5797586/positive-updates-on-geno-atkins-and-leon-hall)
"Leon has had, again, an amazing recovery thus far," Lewis said. "Hopefully he continues with that pace. I will tell you if we were lining up to start training camp tomorrow Leon would probably be lining up to start training camp as well."

Lewis will meet to day with the media, and he'll probably reveal the team's intentions with Hall. Unless he's suffered a setback, Hall should be on the field practicing this weekend. Even if the Bengals are cautious with his return, Hall should find his way onto the field at least once this week.

07-24-2014, 11:50 AM
Jay Morrison ‏@JayMorrisonCMG (https://twitter.com/JayMorrisonCMG) 9m (https://twitter.com/JayMorrisonCMG/status/492333512612388864)
Leon says he will be out there for first practice. #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash)

07-24-2014, 03:13 PM
Bengals' Leon Hall cleared to practice
Updated: July 24, 2014, 2:31 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Cornerback Leon Hall (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10462/leon-hall) was cleared to join the Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals)' first practice of training camp on Thursday, an encouraging sign for one of the NFL's top defenses.
[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0710/nfl_u_hall11_300x200.jpg (http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0710/nfl_u_hall11_600x400.jpg)Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsBengals cornerback Leon Hall, coming back from a second torn Achilles, has been cleared to practice.

Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he's sustained such an injury. He tore his left Achilles in 2011, but was back as the starter the following year.
The 29-year-old cornerback says he'll be rusty in pass coverage, so that's the main thing he's working on early in camp.
He participated in Thursday's walk-through and said he would also take part in Thursday afternoon's practice.
"I guess you could say I reached my goal but that was just part of it. I'm still not all the way back yet. I'd still like to get out on the field, get the kinks out, if you will, get the rust off. It'll be nice," he said.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13311/geno-atkins) is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and had hoped to participate in the first practice. Coach Marvin Lewis wants to give him a few days to ease in before he's cleared to fully practice.


07-24-2014, 10:33 PM
Return from Achilles twice as nice for Leon Hall

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b87c383dc296e8bb274cdd432fc8d494a403446b/c=0-0-500-500&r=1024x1024&r=26&c=26x26/local/-/media/Cincinnati/USATODAY/2014/05/09//1399644758000-pdehner.jpgPaul Dehner Jr., pdehnerjr@enquirer.com8:55 p.m. EDT July 24, 2014
(Photo: The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger)

Leon Hall experienced this Achilles rehab before. Hall knew the grind he'd endure through long days as one of the few players in the facility.
He even believes the second stint battling back from an Achilles injury this year didn't come close to the fear of the unknown in the first process in 2012.
Those realities didn't make meeting his goal and returning to the field with the rest of his teammates for the first day of training camp any less sweet Thursday.
"It means a lot," Hall said. "That's some of the worst things about it, you see them out on the fields, you see them in OTAs working hard and you want to be out there with your guys going through those ups and downs as a team, building that togetherness and camaraderie. That's the hardest part about it."

Though, far from the only difficult aspect. Hall recalled long days of "repetitive calf raises" working with Director of Rehab Nick Cosgray. How repetitive exactly are repetitive calf raises? Hall stretched his brain working out a math problem trying to come up with the average number during a typical day.
"Let's see, I'd probably have a super set of 300," he said.
All part of the process for Hall, who tore his right Achilles against Detroit on Oct. 20 last year. The injury came nearly two years apart from the tear of the left Achilles in December of the 2011 season against Pittsburgh.

His recovery to take part in the first day of training camp that year would go down as one of the most remarkable the rehab staff of the Bengals had witnessed.
How does he do it? Terence Newman thinks he knows the answer.
"I am dead serious, I asked him, I said, 'You are Wolverine, huh? That's why you went to Michigan because you have Wolverine blood," Newman said. "I think him and Nick have probably pioneered the rehab."
No word on Hall being cast opposite Hugh Jackman for the Wolverine sequel in the works, but he wouldn't mind a sequel of 2012. Marvin Lewis believes that year the rehab actually made Hall faster and stronger.

Hard to argue considering his pick-six in a playoff-clinching win at Pittsburgh and another during the playoff loss at Houston established his most impactful run.
"I don't have any numbers to say that that's true, but I feel like I felt years ago before I did the first one," Hall said. "I've heard numerous times that your Achilles is technically stronger after you have the surgery. I wouldn't suggest going and tearing your Achilles, but that's just what I heard from the docs and people in general. That's good news. I feel better. Let's just hope it translates to the field."
It did during Thursday's opening practice. Hall stopped, started and sprinted with ease and went through one of the most challenging tasks in all of football: running deep against A.J. Green. He produced every bit the explosion that's made him the Bengals' premier corner entering his eighth year and came away feeling healthy and happy about how his body reacted, outside of a pesky blister on his heel.

"He looks like he's ready to go," Green said. "That's the one guy I like, man. You can never tell the guy is hurting. He looked good coming in and out of breaks. Tough, but the guy Leon, he's the guy for the job. He takes care of his body like no other."
His return on schedule didn't leave anybody in the building surprised. Asking around nobody would consider that reaction, certainly not anybody who witnessed Hall's play the last four years.
That doesn't make arriving at the reward stage any less enjoyable.
"That's just another milestone in my comeback coming out here the first day," Hall said. "Another will be the first preseason game going against somebody. And obviously the opening game in Baltimore. Those are all going to be pretty special days."


07-24-2014, 10:37 PM
Leon Hall taking nothing for granted

Kevin Goheen

FOX Sports Ohio

JUL 24, 2014 8:16p ET



AP Photo
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) talks with free safety Reggie Nelson during the NFL football team's first practice at training camp, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/team/cincinnati-bengals/67041) -- Nick Cosgray has done about all he can for Leon Hall (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/leon-hall/469541) these last nine months. Cosgray heads up the Bengals (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/team/cincinnati-bengals/67041)physical rehabilitation program and Hall has been one of his prized projects.
Hall was no longer under Cosgray's eye when training camp practices began Thursday. He was back on the field, taking on the challenges of his wide receiver teammates, stopping, cutting, pushing forward just as he has been planning to do since tearing his right Achilles tendon last Oct. 20 in Detroit.
It was the second torn Achilles for Hall in three years; he ruptured his left one in the middle of the 2011 season. He returned in 2012 to have one of his best seasons, including interception returns for touchdowns in a playoff-clinching win at Pittsburgh and a playoff loss at Houston.
Hall is fully confident he can return to form in 2014.
"I guess you could say I reached my goal but that was just part of it. I'm still not all the way back yet," said Hall. "Doing the drills on the side with Nick is a little different than going against (Mohamed) Sanu (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/1345631/1345631) or A.J. (Green (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/a.j.-green/1268605)) or Marvin (Jones (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/1345813/1345813)) or somebody like that, so it should be fun."
Hall came through practice just fine, even getting tested on a couple of deep routes against Green.
"I got a blister on my toe, or on my heel, actually, but other than that I'm good," said Hall after practice. "I felt good. There's no pain. It felt strong. Footwork was not very good but that's going to come in a few days, a week or so."
That's good news for the Bengals.

Hall was one of 10 Bengals who ended last season on injured reserve, including eight players from the defense. The loss of Hall and All-Pro Geno Atkins (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/geno-atkins/766599) hurt the most. Even though the defense finished ranked third in the NFL in yards allowed and tied for fifth in points allowed, you don't lose two top-tier players like them and not feel the effects.
"When you lose a guy of his caliber, it's not just he does the field but it's his leadership off the field. It hurts," said Green. "Leon got me to this level. I remember coming in as a rookie, even before I got drafted and working out at API and seeing Leon come in and they way he works. Then I got drafted by them and working with him my rookie training camp, he definitely made me better."
Hall was a first-round pick in 2007. He is one of six first-round picks the Bengals have in their defensive backfield. When it comes to tenure with the Bengals only defensive endRobert Geathers (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/robert-geathers/200635), left tackle Andrew Whitworth (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/andrew-whitworth/401331) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/domata-peko/401587)have been wearing stripes longer than Hall.
"Leon, he works hard at everything he does. If you can have a poster-child for a coach's guy, that's him," said defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. "He'll do whatever he has to do. He spent the whole offseason getting that thing back to go. I'm excited to see him back on the field."
Guenther's defense is not going to radically change from what former coordinator Mike Zimmer built over the past six seasons. One of the bases of that defense is the ability of defensive backs to play man coverages. Hall has done that as well as any cornerback the Bengals have had in this most recent run of success whether he's played on the outside, inside or in the slot. He helped minimize Green Bay's (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/team/green-bay-packers/67046) Randall Cobb (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/player/randall-cobb/1268812) (five catches, 54 yards) in a Week 3 win against the Packers (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/team/green-bay-packers/67046) after Cobb had totaled 16 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

Hall has 23 interceptions in his career, which ranks him fifth in franchise history. He is two behind Lemar Parrish in fourth place. He's also been credited with breaking up 112 passes in his 92 games.
At age 29, it would be natural for any athlete who has been through the rigors of seven NFL seasons to begin to slow down but the rehab process of the Achilles may actually help Hall.
"He's done it better this time than last time," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "His speed became better last time, which is really something. I thought he played faster in 2012 than he did before. I think that's what excites him about this."
It could be easy to take for granted the rehab process, that a player can automatically be expected to return as good or even better in some manner than before an injury. Just because he did it once doesn't mean he's going to do it again. Having gone through the process with one Achilles previously gave Hall the confidence he could make it back a second time.
He realized it was not a guarantee. There were a lot of early mornings meeting Cosgray with a lot of rehab exercises, a lot of calf raises.
"I'd probably have a super set of 300," said Hall. "You can't take it for granted. That's why I tried to stay on top of it, I tried to stay pretty busy this offseason. I think that helped as far as I didn't have a lot of down time to think about the negative effects of the Achilles injury, of coming back from two Achilles. I didn't have a lot of time to just sit and think about it too much."
Now Hall can concentrate on the daily grind of practice and the battles with wide receivers.
"It means a lot," said Hall. "That's some of the worst things about it, you see them out on the fields, you see them in OTAs working hard and you want to be out there with your guys going through those ups and downs as a team, building that togetherness and camaraderie. That's the hardest part about it. When you sit on the sideline it's never any fun. Sometimes you're on the field and you're so tired you think I wish I was on the sideline but once you're really on the sideline it's not fun at all."
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