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Bengals CB Leon Hall cleared to practice after recovering from torn Achilles

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) talks with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson during an NFL football organized team activity on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo)

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) talks with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson during an NFL football organized team activity on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther instructs his players during an NFL football mandatory minicam on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo)

    Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther instructs his players during an NFL football mandatory minicam on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this  June 11, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green catches a pass during an NFL football mandatory minicamp in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon, July 24. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green catches a pass during an NFL football mandatory minicamp in Cincinnati. Cincinnati opens training camp Thursday afternoon, July 24. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

Cornerback Leon Hall was cleared to join the Bengals' first practice of training camp on Thursday, an encouraging sign for one of the NFL's top defenses.

Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he's sustained such an injury. He tore his left Achilles in 2011, but was back as the starter the following year.

The 29-year-old cornerback says he'll be rusty in pass coverage, so that's the main thing he's working on early in camp.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and had hoped to participate in the first practice. Coach Marvin Lewis wants to give him a few days to ease in before he's cleared to fully practice.

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