Bengals’ Hall likely to get second start at cornerback

Leon Hall gets another chance. The rookie cornerback is expected to make his second start Sunday for the Cincinnati Bengals, whose defense is depleted by injury and suspension heading into a pivotal game at Kansas City.

Starter Johnathan Joseph, a first-round pick last year, will serve a one-game suspension from the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy, the result of his arrest for marijuana possession earlier this year.

Hall, the Bengals’ first-round pick this year out of Michigan, started the season opener when Joseph was recovering from a foot injury. Hall has been an extra cornerback on passing downs in the last three games.

It’s a critical game for Cincinnati (1-3), which can’t afford to fall farther behind in the AFC North. And the rookie cornerback knows he’ll be targeted when the Chiefs throw the ball.

“I hope so,” Hall said Thursday. “It’s a good thing to have them not throw your way, kind of a respect thing. At the same time, you don’t get to make interceptions and breakups. I hope they come after me and test me. I feel I’ve had a good week of practice.”

Hall leads the team with two interceptions — he picked off Tom Brady in a 34-13 loss to New England heading into the Bengals’ bye week — and has knocked down four passes, tied for second on the team.

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