Washington Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall is always outspoken , but he certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys and his excitement of facing his team’s archrivals Monday night in Texas.
“It’s prime time, so any time you get a chance to play on Monday Night Football, it’s a big deal,” Hall said.
“I grew up in Virginia,” he added, “and so I don’t like these guys. It’s no secret about that. We’re going to go out there, it’s going to be a lot of fights after the whistle, there’s going to be a lot of tongue going on. That’s what you get when the Cowboys and Redskins play. … If you can’t get up for this game right here, then something’s wrong with you.”
The Cowboys limp into the game with quarterback Tony Romo nursing a cracked rib and punctured lung, running back Felix Jones playing with a separated shoulder and both receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin suffering from thigh/hamstring injuries.
But the Cowboys won’t get any sympathy from Hall and the Redskins, who intend a physical style of play.
“I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever’s hurt,” Hall said. “If it’s Romo’s ribs? I’m going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones’s shoulder’s hurt, I’m not going to cut him. I’m definitely going to try to hit him up high. That’s part of the game. If you know something’s wrong with an opponent, you want to target in on it.”
The Redskins for the last two weeks have been without their most physical player in strong safety LaRon Landry, but Landry said he hopes to make his season debut Sunday. Hall said the Redskins’ defense, which already has done a solid job in its first two outings of the season, will improve once Landry returns.
“I was talking to [rookie linebacker] Ryan Kerrigan about LaRon the other day and told him, the game’s going to change when LaRon gets out there,” Hall said. “Just the speed he brings, the intensity, the reckless abandon he brings to the table is just amazing. You just sit in awe and watch him out there on the field. We’ll be that much better, faster, crisper.”