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CINCINNATI – 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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