Jul 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) dives for a pass in front of defensive back Leon Hall (29) during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
UPDATE: Geoff Hobson notes that Hall will indeed line up as the starter in the preseason opener against the Jets. It's unclear how much time he will actually get, but it's a near-miracle that he will be out there starting less than a year after the horrific injury.
Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap wasn't the only one speaking to the media before Tuesday's practice. Leon Hall also opened up about his Achilles rehabilitation process and apparently it is continuing to go extremely well. As it has been noted, Hall has only missed two Training Camp practices thus far. It's really an exceptional feat, given that he suffered the injury less than a full year ago.
Said Hall about how his body feels through the rigors of camp this year:
"Honestly I feel the same just as far as what I’m able to do running and moving around. My conditioning is a little off not getting that work in OTAs but it will get there. Other than that it’s pretty much the same as every training camp."
The conditioning aspect is to be expected, but the actual on-field progress seems to be way ahead of where everybody predicted Hall to be at in this point of the season. Some believed that he would land on the PUP List to begin the year, but he's impressed the coaching and medical staffs so much that he continues to keep playing on the field.
A slow start in the actual preseason games, performance-wise, could occur as Hall gets his legs underneath him once again. But, as of now, he looks to be on track to start the the 2012 season at cornerback, which would be a huge relief to a group that has been plagued with injuries in this young preseason.