Bengals CB Leon Hall Out With Torn Achilles
By Allen Kim
The Cincinnati Bengals secondary lost their best member after Leon Hall suffered a torn Achilles in his right knee, as reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. This is the second Achilles tear that he has suffered since the 2011 season, with the first one occurring in the left knee, and it's a devastating loss for their defense.
The injury happened yesterday when he was covering Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson on a jump ball in the end zone. While Hall was able to tip the ball out of Johnson's reach, he paid dearly on the play. Hall fell to the ground in visible pain, and while he was able to walk off the field, it was immediately clear that he was dealing with a major injury.
“It was tough after that series, going to the sideline and finding out what happens,” CB Terence Newman said. “I lost it. It’s just tough. He’s one of the best in the league and to have one of the best go down it’s tough. He’s like a brother.”
Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to step into the starting role, and he has a tough task ahead of him trying to replace Hall. Hall is one of the league's best corners, and his loss will hurt any hopes the Bengals have of making a deep postseason run.
“It’s emotional,” S Reggie Nelson said. “Knowing what type of player he is and what type of character he has. He worked his (butt) off to get back out there with us. Seeing him go down like that, it hurts. There’s nothing you can say about it knowing that he wanted to be out there real bad with us.”