Leon Hall Injury: Updates on Bengals CB's Achilles, Likely Return Date
Leon Hall was taken out of the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 7 game after suffering an apparent Achilles injury.
Geoff Hobson of the team's official website provided news of the injury, as well as some context as to what this could mean:
Hall has an Achilles injury and is out— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 20, 2013
Stunning development for arguably @Bengals' best defensive player. Hall overcame torn Achilles in 2011— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 20, 2013
Hall did indeed tear his ACL and was officially placed on injured reserve Oct. 29.
From Chris Mortensen of ESPN:
No surprise but Bengals will place CB Leon Hall of season-ending Injured reserve after he tore his Achilles on Sunday. Significant loss— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 21, 2013
From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
Bengals CB Leon Hall did in fact tear his Achilles, a season-ending injury.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 21, 2013
One redeeming factor is that he did not injure the same leg, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN:
We were just told this was a right Achilles injury for Leon Hall. He injured his left Achilles in 2011. So not the same one. #Bengals— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) October 20, 2013
Hall has been one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL since entering the league in 2007. The former first-round pick has 23 interceptions in his career and was especially effective at shutting down opponents in coverage.
Unfortunately, he has dealt with a few injuries that have limited him in the past few years. The Achilles injury in 2011 limited him to nine games that season and he missed two more in 2012.
The cornerback also missed two games this year with a hamstring injury before returning in Week 6.
If he is forced out of the lineup for a significant amount of time, it would seriously hurt the Bengals' ability to defend the pass.
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