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Bengals expect Leon Hall to be ready at the start of training camp

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Tight end Benjamin Watson #82 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown pass over cornerback Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Bengals cornerback Leon Hall was having a very good year in 2011 before he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the ninth game of the season. Despite that injury, the Bengals expect him to be ready to have another good year in 2012.

The Bengals’ website reports that “the Bengals got a huge rehab from cornerback Leon Hall,” (I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a “huge rehab” before, but I think that’s supposed to be a good thing), and that the Bengals are optimistic he’ll be on the field for the first snap of training camp.

That matches what Hall said last week, when he was still among the injured players at the Bengals’ minicamp but said, “Considering how I feel in mid-June, I feel like I will be OK.”

If Hall is healthy enough to play 16 games in 2012, and if first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick is as good as the Bengals expect him to be, and if free agent signing Terence Newman can contribute, then the Bengals should be significantly better at cornerback this year than they were last year.