The start of NFL training camps are here. For the Bengals, their rookies reported on Monday, and the veterans will also be in Cincinnati soon enough.
Over the coming days, players will get physicals, go through conditioning tests and the medical staff will determine which players are fit to practice, and which ones need to be on the sideline rehabbing various injuries.
That could feature a number of key Bengals. Leon Hall and Geno Atkins were among several players to be placed on the PUP before the first camp practice Thursday. According to Geoff Hobson, they are both expected to be cleared at some point in camp. Pahl Dehner has echoed those sentiments.
The goal of Hall for the entire offseason has been for him to be on the field when Day 1 of camp opens. The Pro Bowl cornerback suffered his second Achilles injury in three seasons midway through 2013, but was cleared to do football drills back in April.
Since then, he's busted his tail to be on the field when Thursday hits, and Marvin Lewis said in June that Hall already looked fit to practice.
"Leon has had, again, an amazing recovery thus far," Lewis said. "Hopefully he continues with that pace. I will tell you if we were lining up to start training camp tomorrow Leon would probably be lining up to start training camp as well."
Lewis will meet to day with the media, and he'll probably reveal the team's intentions with Hall. Unless he's suffered a setback, Hall should be on the field practicing this weekend. Even if the Bengals are cautious with his return, Hall should find his way onto the field at least once this week.