CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Leon Hall is well ahead of schedule in his comeback from a torn Achilles tendon, inspiring hope that he could be ready for the start of training camp next month.
Hall will be limited to working on the side during the Bengals' three-day minicamp that opened on Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium. Hall tore the left Achilles tendon on Nov. 13, leaving questions about whether he'd be ready for the start of the 2012 season.
Hall has been running forward and backward without problem, regaining his leg strength and flexibility faster than expected. Instead of setting the opening game as the target for his return, Hall thinks he can be ready to take the first snap in practice when training camp opens on July 27.
"Considering how I feel in mid-June, I feel like I will be OK," Hall said, after emerging from the trainer's room.
If the 27-year-old cornerback is fully recovered, the Bengals will be in much better shape to make another run at the playoffs. The...