Leon Hall underwent back surgery earlier in the offseason, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports
According to the source, the surgery was to correct an issue with a disc in his back that had nagged him late in 2015. Hall isn't the cover corner he used to be, but can still patrol the slot effectively, as evidenced by yet another above-average coverage grade per ProFootballFocus.com for his performance last season. In fact, there isn't a season in which Hall hasn't graded out as at least above-average. Nonetheless, the Michigan product is entering his 10th season in the league, and had already experienced an Achilles tear in both 2011 and 2013 before aggravating his back. Coupled with the likelihood of him taking his time to land one last pay day, it may still be a while before Hall finds a new home.
After missing practice Wednesday, Hall put in a limited practice Thursday before putting in a full session Friday. On the season, the Bengals' right cornerback has 40 tackles to go with two interceptions.
Leon Hall (back) is inactive Sunday against the Browns.
Hall only saw practice time this week in a limited fashion Friday, so his absence doesn't come as a major surprise. In his stead, Adam Jones (foot) will likely start at cornerback opposite Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle), who is also active for the contest.
Bengals' Leon Hall: Listed as questionable this week
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Leon Hall (back) practiced fully Friday, but is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Hall's Week 8 status, either way, will be confirmed as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches, but with just 13 tackles in five games to date, the cornerback's fantasy utility is limited to deeper IDP formats.