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Cincinnati Cornerback Leon Hall Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his performance in Sunday's win over St. Louis.

Bengals cornerback Leon Hall today earned the team's fourth weekly AFC player of the week honor from the NFL for 2015, and Cincinnati's first defensive player of the week award for the season.

It's Hall's second defensive player of the week honor, but the first in seven years. He earned the honor in 2008 after a three-interception game against Cleveland. He gets this one for his play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Hall was at cornerback Sunday as an injury replacement. Formerly a full-time starting corner, Hall was moved to safety to start the season, and was playing primarily in nickel packages before injuries hit the team at cornerback.

From the Bengals:

Bengals cornerback Leon Hall today was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his performance in last week’s victory over St. Louis.

Hall had a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 31-7 win, and he had an additional pass defensed on a fourth-down play from the Cincinnati 23 in the fourth quarter. His six tackles included stops against Rams ballcarriers after gains of only one, minus-one and two yards.

Hall’s interception against Rams quarterback Nick Foles was his second this season and the 26th of his Bengals career, moving him ahead of CB Lemar Parrish into fourth place all-time for Cincinnati. The play was Hall’s third career pick-six in regular season play, and he also returned his only postseason pick for a touchdown, in the 2011 postseason at Houston.

The Player of the Week award is the second for Hall, a ninth-year Bengals veteran. He earned his first AFC weekly defensive honor in Week 16 of 2008, when his Bengals record-tying three INTs at Cleveland, including one for a 50-yard TD, sparked a 14-0 win. No Bengal has intercepted three passes in a game since that contest.

The most recent Bengal to previously win the AFC Defensive Player of the Week was CB Dre Kirkpatrick, for Week 16 vs. Denver of last season.

Hall’s award is the fourth weekly or monthly AFC award earned by the Bengals this season. WR A.J. Green was named Offensive Player of the Week for his 227-yard, two-TD performance at Baltimore on Sept. 27, K Mike Nugent won the special teams honor for his game-tying and game-winning field goals on Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, and QB Andy Dalton was named Offensive Player of the Month for October, when he led the Bengals to a 3-0 record with a 111.6 passer rating.


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