Leon Hall tore a ligament in his thumb

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Bengals cornerback Leon Hall missed OTAs last season as he recovered from an Achilles injury and he’s going to miss at least a portion of the team’s organized team activities again this year.

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals website reports that Hall tore a ligament in his thumb while lifting weights. As a result, Hall is going to be on the sideline when the team starts this year’s set of OTAs on Tuesday.

According to the report, Hall is expected back at some point during OTAs so this isn’t nearly as serious an injury as the Achilles issue from last year. Given Hall’s status as a veteran foundation of the defense and the team’s need to keep such a player in the lineup, it wouldn’t be surprising if he took things easy until at least the team’s mandatory minicamp next month.

Dre Kirkpatrick, who also had injury issues in 2012, isn’t expected to do any team drills until training camp as he rehabs from knee surgery performed in hopes of keeping him on the field this season. Should everyone be healthy at cornerback come the start of the season, the Bengals secondary should be better than it was last season and that should keep them in the hunt for a third straight playoff berth.

12 responses to “Leon Hall tore a ligament in his thumb

  1. Hall is one of the most underrated corners in the league. The Bengals need him to have a big season if they’re going to make strides.

  2. I agree–he is one of the best in the game and helps their defense immensely when he is healthy. I think they need him, Kirkpatrick and Jones all to stay healthy and contribute this year–in order to keep the playoff streak going.

    Dalton got a lot more toys to play with on offense and if he can keep progressing going into this third season–I’d say the Bengals battle the Steelers and Ravens for rights to the AFC North this year. Steelers will bounce back IMO as they often do and the Ravens will be good–just not as good/lucky as this past season. I think two of these three teams make it to the post-season this year; again.

  3. Before any Bengal lovers start yammering about how good they are, let me remind them of four little phrases–

    0 for 45
    0 for 2
    0 for 24
    o for 22

  4. wtgriffin, isn’t it quickly approaching 39 years since your last playoff win? No reason to think one is coming soon either.

    D is good enough to make a run, but Dalton isn’t good enough to win a playoff game. Carson Palmer 2.0

  5. CotH,

    I guess 23 years is the same as 39 years, give or take a generation.

    How the hell do you know if Dalton is good enough? Really, how do you know? I don’t know either way. Maybe Dalton takes the next step, maybe not.

    The two QBs better than him in the division had more playoff success in their respective first two years, but it wasn’t primarily of either of their doing – it was good defense and a running game. Both Big Ben and Flacco kept developing into far better players than their first two years. Maybe Dalton can too, but I guess that is why they play the game.

  6. Thinking Palmer 1.0 had the Steelers number until he was taken out by Kimo. Dalton isn’t a human jugs gun, but he has the drive & now, the weapons. The Steelers can take a back seat now!

  7. There literally isn’t a single thing about Dalton, that you can compare to Carson Palmer. Dalton can actually move in the pocket. All Palmer ever was is a giant cannon. And not a very accurate one at that, especially towards the end of his tenure w/the black & orange.

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