The Cincinnati Bengals have ruled out cornerback Leon Hall for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Hall, who had been undergoing concussion protocols after taking a shot against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, has historically been the team's best slot cornerback.
Missing your slot corner against one of the league's top slot wide receivers in Andrew Hawkins? Yikes.
But then again, Leon Hall hasn't been in his usual dominant form this season. Hall, who has played 204 snaps at nickel, has allowed 29 completions (out of 43 targets) for 354 yards receiving and a touchdown. Darqueze Dennard (opposing passer rating of 129.2) and Dre Kirkpatrick (opposing passer rating of 115.0) have struggled this season and Adam Jones has only played seven snaps. George Iloka, who has covered slot receivers 34 times this season, has allowed only two completions for 28 yards and has an opposing passer rating of 72.9.