The Bengals official team website reports cornerback Leon Hall will return to OTAs eventually after suffering a ligament tear in his thumb. The injury occured lifting weights. He's expected to be fine for training camp.
Mohamed Sanu said he feels back to normal as he took the field for Bengals OTAs this week. The injured foot that ended his rookie season early appears to be in the rear-view mirror. Bengals receivers coach James Urban is confident Sanu will contribute. "There's things you have to do when there is 22 bodies on the field that you can't replicate," Urban said. "The cutting and the natural reaction stuff where you are putting your foot in the ground, doing all those things. He's fine."
Referring to himself as an "average back" up to this point in his career, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews admitted to Union-Tribune San Diego that he stressed himself out over trying to play like LaDainian Tomlinson, the guy he replaced when he was taken with a first-round pick in 2010. Since entering the league Mathews has 14 touchdowns, one year with over 1,000 total yards, 10 games missed, seven fumbles lost, one high-ankle sprain, two broken collarbones and some regrets. But Mathews is far from quitting and has even shed some of the weight he put on last year. He's been studying more than he has in the past and working on his blocking technique. And he has a new outlook on this season. "Im just gonna be myself," he said. "In practice, Im just trying to focus on what I do. Im not trying to focus on what would (Tomlinson) do? Im just gonna go back to like I was playing at Fresno State -- just running the ball catching the ball and scoring touchdowns."