Starting Cornerback Leon Hall left the Steelers-Bengals game at the end of the second quarter with a sore achilles and didn’t return. With only two healthy cornerbacks (Nate Clements and Kelly Jennings), safety Chris Crocker stepped into the 3rd cornerback role for the rest of the game. The Steelers targeted Crocker several times the rest of the game, and won in the end 24-17.
After the game, Leon Hall was seen on crutches in the locker room, and teammates feared he may be done for the season with a torn achilles.
ProFootballTalk.com reports that Hall is done for the season with a “ruptured achilles tendon”, and will go on Injured Reserve.
Hall, hadn’t missed a game in his career, since being drafted 5 years ago. He also held the Bengals longest consecutive starting streak among active players at 65 consecutive starts.
Now, the team turns to either Kelly Jennings or Pacman Jones to start opposite Nate Clements. Jennings is a former first round pick who was acquired in a trade this year with the Seattle Seahawks. Jones has only been on the field for one play since injuring his neck last year. On that play, he injured his hamstring, which kept him out of today’s game against the Steelers.
One of the two will have to step up. The Bengals may choose to bring in a veteran corner off the streets, or bring 2010 3rd rounder Brandon Ghee off the practice squad. The Bengals also worked out former Bengal CB David Jones this week (who had been traded to Jacksonville for current starting safety Reggie Nelson, but was cut). The team also released CB Morgan Trent last week, but he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.