Marvin Lewis And Leon Hall Expecting Cornerback To Return For The Start Of Training Camp

May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Leon Hall (29) stretches during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

In early February Bengals cornerback Leon Hall began targeting Cincinnati's training camp as a solid date for his eventual return after injuring an Achilles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. That much hasn't changed. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets that Hall "expects to be practicing on the first day of training camp." Hall also said that "PUP is not really in my dictionary right now", suggesting that he either feels comfortable about his progress or that he really doesn't know what PUP is. We're guessing the former.

Reedy tweets:

“PUP is not really in my dictionary right now to be honest. I'm taking it day by day right now. The plan is to be ready for training camp. I am gunning for the first day of training camp."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that Hall has exceeded expectations and that all signs point to his return on July 27, when the team conducts their first training camp practice. Hall has spent the last three weeks working with rehab director Nick Cosgray and most observations suggest that he's looking good.

If he's not ready then the team can use the Physically Unable to Perform option, which allows Hall to continue rehabilitating while excluding his spot against the 53-man roster until he's activated. The Bengals could keep another one of their six thousand cornerbacks that they signed during the offseason, presumably anticipating this scenario.

But as it stands now, expect Hall to be ready by July 27.

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