Leon Hall is a tough guy. He started every game in his four year career at the University of Michigan. After being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007, he played in every game for his first four seasons. Even tough guys get hurt though, and in 2011, for the first time in his football life, he suffered a major injury that cause him to miss time. In his ninth game of the year, he tore his achilles tendon and missed the remainder of the season. All Hall did was work hard to recover, and got himself ready to start the next season.
The 2013 season brought with it a familiar storyline. Seven games into the schedule, against the Detroit Lions, Hall was injured defending a pass, and the diagnosis was one he’d heard before: a torn achilles tendon. Once again he would miss the rest of the year. It was devastating for him and for fans of the team.
This offseason has seen Hall doing what he always does, and that’s work hard to be ready for the start of the next year. Team officials have said he’ll participate in training camp, even if not at full speed. His rehab seems to be on schedule, and he’s doing what he needs to do. At this point, there’s no reason to doubt his ability to be on the field for week one of 2014. It’s what tough guys do.