When Leon Hall tore his Achilles last November, he was given a 9-12 month recovery. Now, it’s sounding like it will be closer to 12. He has yet to be medically cleared to practice at all for OTAs and some are speculating that he could begin the season on the PUP list. Hall is the Bengals best cover cornerback and was rewarded with a 5 year, 42 million dollar extension just 2 months before the injury. The Bengals defense was noticeably worse without him.
The Bengals have spent the offseason adding depth at the position, bringing in Dre Kirkpatrick through the draft with the 17th overall pick, as well as Shaun Prater in the 5th round, and adding veterans like Terence Newman and Jason Allen to go with Pacman Jones and Nate Clements. Obviously the Bengals can’t keep all of their cornerbacks and my money right now is on them cutting Nate Clements, who is injured and owed 4.3 million, and starting Jason Allen opposite Dre Kirkpatrick until Leon Hall can play.