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Bengals don’t expect Leon Hall, Geno Atkins to be on PUP for long

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The Bengals got ready for the start of training camp on Monday by putting a slew of players on either the Physically Unable to Perform or Non-Football Injury lists.

Two of the biggest names to hit the PUP list were cornerback Leon Hall and defensive tackle Geno Atkins, both of whom are recovering from season-ending injuries during the 2013 season. There wasn’t much word leading up to Monday’s moves that either player was going to need to extend their rehab much longer and coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that the team hasn’t ruled out either player practicing before the first week of camp is out.

“Leon’s goal was to be out there the very first practice. He’ll probably achieve that goal,” Lewis said, via the team’s website. “Geno’s goal is to be out there the very first practice. I’m going to keep him from achieving that goal because I want to lay eyes on Geno for a few days. That’s what I told him yesterday. He’s going to start on PUP and as soon as he and I agree he’s ready to go in the rigors of practice, we’ll feel good about it.”

It’s the prudent direction to take since players who participate in practice are not eligible for the regular season PUP list, which requires them to wait at least six weeks before practicing, and the Bengals can remove the designation at any point during training camp.

Hall will take the conditioning test on Wednesday and he should be off the list if he performs well. If Atkins follows suit quickly, the Bengals defense will be shaping up nicely ahead of the start of the regular season.

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12 Responses to “Bengals don’t expect Leon Hall, Geno Atkins to be on PUP for long”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 22, 2014 2:53 PM

    What about Huber? Bengals aren’t going anywhere without their starting punter.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 22, 2014 2:54 PM

    I hope they both return to form.

    I’m still amazed the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals (3rd ranked DEFENSE in the NFL) finished as the 5th ranked PASS Defense and 5th ranked RUSH Defense WITHOUT All-Pro Leon Hall (missed 10 games) and All-Pro Geno Atkins (missed 8 games).

  3. crip2nite says: Jul 22, 2014 3:02 PM

    This is a very smart organization!

  4. bengalguy says: Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    Hey Crown…..sounds like your mediocre squad is destined for 2nd again…. (@ best)

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    I’m rooting for you guys to make the playoffs again this year, preferrably as a wildcard though. Can you imagine the pressure Dalton will feel to win that game? The pressure might be so overwhelming that he throws 2x to 6x more Int’s than TD’s. Oh, wait a minute…

  6. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    Heeeeere pup pup!!! Heeere pup!
    *dog comes running*

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  7. cincyalldaway says: Jul 22, 2014 3:41 PM

    @crownofthehelmet – The pressure might be so overwhelming that he throws 2x to 6x more Int’s than TD’s.

    I though you were talking about Dalton. These are clearly Flucco numbers that you’re referring to here. I mean Jumpball Joe did throw the second most INT’s last year, right behind Eli Manning. Maybe that’s why Joe got paid so much. He’s being paid per INT. That’s gotta be it.

  8. cincyalldaway says: Jul 22, 2014 3:42 PM

    Heeeeere pup pup!!! Heeere pup!
    *dog comes running*

    Must be a Wisconsin mating call i guess!?

  9. nbooat says: Jul 22, 2014 3:46 PM

    The only thing Steelers fan can brag about is a special teams scrub taking a cheap shot at a defenseless punter…classy

  10. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 22, 2014 4:45 PM

    @cincyduh – no I was being funny. Chill.

  11. voyager6 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:03 PM

    Although Atkins and Hall will play, one of Marvin Lewis’ strengths as a coach is he is really, really good at hiding talent on the PUP and IR, keeping a deep talent pool ready for the next season.

  12. drewzducks says: Jul 23, 2014 12:15 AM

    I’m still amazed that the 2013 Bengals finally won a playoff game for the first time since….oh wait, that’s right, nevermind.

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