When Leon Hall went down with an achilles injury, the Bengals lost not only their top cornerback, but also their best defensive player and one of their best team leaders.Its been nearly 4 months since Hall tore his achilles, an injury that takes as long as 8-9 months to heal. Now Hall is determined to return to full strength by the time the next NFL season starts. He’s been getting to Paul Brown Stadium nearly everyday before 10 a.m. and puts in at least two hours with Nick Cosgray, the Bengals Director of Rehabilitation. Hall says he is in the middle of his rehab process and he’s on schedule:
"As far as the technology and the knowledge of the tendon, I’m not really worried about it. I feel good where I am now as far as where he told me I should be. I’m kind of hitting all the marks. I try not to let those negatives creep into my mind. I think that definitely has an effect on your workouts. That’s the last thing I need."
Hall has begun to do some light running, but doesn’t think he’ll be ready until closer to September:
"With the Achilles, and really with any injury, you don’t want to come back too early. As important as I think the OTAs and minicamp are, it’s just as important that you don’t want to go into an OTA or minicamp practice and take a step back and miss the start of training camp. Early September we’ll answer some questions."