Return of Leon Hall is huge for Bengals

July, 27, 2012
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While the Bengals have to be disappointed that first-round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could miss all of training camp, they have to be thrilled by the return of cornerback Leon Hall.

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More than eight months since tearing his Achilles tendon (remember that recovery time for Terrell Suggs), Hall passed his physical and lined up with the first-team defense. Hall told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he's been given permission to do “pretty much everything”.

Said Hall after a Friday walkthrough: “We’re still going to kind of monitor how many reps I get in a row but it will be easier now that there is only one practice a day. It’s now me practicing as much as I can. I’m pretty much full go.”

Hall told me at last month's mandatory minicamp that he would be ready for camp -- "PUP [physically unable to perform list] is not in my dictionary right now," he said in June -- and he lived up to his word.

Getting back Hall is huge for the Bengals. In the first nine games with Hall last season, the Bengals gave up eight touchdown passes. In the final seven regular-season games after Hall's season-ending Achilles injury, they allowed 12 touchdown passes. He could be the most valuable cornerback in the division.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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