Hall expects to be ready by training camp

CINCINNATI -- Leon Hall hasn't been able to practice this offseason because he is still recovering from an Achilles injury, but the Bengals' top cornerback expects to be ready when the team begins training camp at the end of July.

"PUP [physically unable to perform list] is not in my dictionary right now, to be honest with you," Hall said Tuesday before the start of the Bengals' mandatory minicamp. "The plan is to be back by training camp. The first day is what I'm gunning for."

The Bengals will have to make a determination on Hall's status when they begin camp. They could put him on the PUP list, which would make him eligible to miss the first six games of the regular season and not use up a roster spot, or keep him on the active roster.

Hall thinks he's ahead of the curve in the rehab process. He's been running and working on the side field the past two weeks while the team has been practicing.

The biggest challenge facing Hall in getting back to practice is not physical in his estimation.

"I think it's the confidence that I have in my Achilles," he said. "For the most part, when I do new things, the Achilles is strong enough but mentally I have to believe it."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn't ready to predict that Hall will be suiting up for the start of training camp.

"I'm not going to say that now because I don't want to put pressure on Leon," Lewis said. "But Leon is doing very well. He has exceeded expectations by far. He's excited where he is. What he hasn't had to do is the day-to-day stuff."