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Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Rashard Mendenhall ran for a pair of touchdowns Sunday, and the Steelers intercepted rookie Andy Dalton twice in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 24-17 victory over the Bengals. Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts recap all the action from Cincinnati.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Bengals were supposed to be in rebuilding mode this year. Partly because they're always in rebuilding mode, it seems, but mostly because Carson Palmer had quit, and the team decided Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens weren't worth the trouble. And on defense, Jonathan Joseph, one of the league's best young cornerbacks, signed with the Texans during post-lockout free agency.

Which meant that Cincy would rely on former first-rounder Leon Hall and grizzled veteran (yep, that's a euphemism for "over the hill and not much left in the tank") Nate Clements.

Yet through the first nine weeks, the Bengals were 6-2, one of the best teams in the AFC, and atop the AFC North with the Ravens. And they did it with a rookie quarterback.

But as the old saying goes: It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

The Bengals lost at home against the Steelers Sunday, but worse than that, they were without two of their best players for most of the game. Rookie wideout AJ Green tweaked his knee on a second-quarter touchdown catch and played sparingly thereafter. Hall was left in the second quarter, suffering an Achilles injury.

Good news first: “I think it will be fine (for next week's game vs. the Ravens)," Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. "It doesn’t feel too bad, just a little stiff. I feel like I’ll be back next week. After halftime it got stiff. I got on the bike and it didn’t feel the same.”

Now the bad news: Hall, who was on crutches after the game, had an MRI Sunday night. According to Reedy, his teammates feared he had a torn Achilles. And ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Hall had in fact torn his Achilles.

That means Hall's 2011 season is over and now the team will rely on Kelly Jennings and Adam Jones to pick up the slack. Hall signed a $39 million extension a week before the regular season.

It's a tough break for the most underrated team in the NFL, but winning football games is as much about roster depth as it is about having quality starters. We'll see how Cincy responds.

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goodniteok
Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:42 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:56 am
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

Tough loss of Hall for the season, but I think this Bengals team has enough depth to continue on without him.  Now if they lost A.J. Green for the season, it'd be a different story altogether.  I like this Bengals team and I'm happily surprised by them. Dalton, right now, should be the clear Offensive Rookie of the Year; he's guiding this team like a veteran would. If their defense holds up, and the offense continues to scrape by, they can do some damage this year...ESPECIALLY considering how inconsistent the Ravens have looked this year.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:46 am
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season


Thanks for participating in the division this year Bungals. See ya later.


Funny SteelWood...Last I remember the Steelers have already lost twice to the Ravens. Funny how this league works. A lot of gloating for a team that is under .500 in the division. Hope you don't think the Squeelers have this wrapped up because there is still A LOT of football to be played!!!! 



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:44 am
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

They did play hard, but I think you will really see what kind of team they have from here on out. Their 6-2 record did not include any games against the Steelers or Ravens so it was a bit inflated. Losing Hall will hurt but all teams have injuries, even to star players. It will be very interesting to see how they respond. But the Steelers need the Bangals to beat the Ravens, so go Bangals!



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:16 am
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

Thanks for participating in the division this year Bungals. See ya later.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

This really hurts the Bengals.  Hall is a big part of our defense.  Need Pacman and Jennings to step it up now.  Bengals have nothing to be ashamed of, they played with heart today against a very good football team despite having their best pass rusher, their number one receiver, and their number one corner all out for most of the game.  Proud of my Bengals, they have a team now, and not a me first circus.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Report: Leon Hall tears Achilles, lost for season

Not a Bengal's fan but that is a tough break for a very important player.


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