Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Getting them back by the regular season would be nice, but it’s not worth rushing them back and risking a re-injury that could jeopardize the rest of their NFL careers.
But on that same note, it’s unlikely the Bengals will make it to the Super Bowl next year without both of those players. Hall was playing as god as any corner in the league when he went down, and Atkins is the best interior pass-rushing defensive lineman in the NFL.
It’s no surprise that the Bengals’ two biggest wins in 2013 over the Green Bay Packers when they were fully healthy) and the New England Patriots were with both players in the lineup.
That may not be true than with Hall, as the Bengals have won 10 of the past 12 games he’s played in, and his pick-six in Pittsburgh in 2012 helped the Bengals clinch a playoff berth while eliminating the Steelers from playoff contention.
Getting those two back will be better than any offseason acquisition made by any team, and it’s all the more reason for Bengaldom to feel good about a bright future.