DeAngelo Hall will be fined but not suspended

DeAngelo Hall during the incident that led to his ejection last Sunday in Pittsburgh (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

 

The NFL will not suspend Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the incident with an official that led to his ejection from last Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh, according to two people with knowledge of the case.

Hall will be fined and will receive a warning that further misconduct could lead to a suspension, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league had made no official announcement about Hall’s penalty.

The amount of the fine was not known Thursday. But Hall remains eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field and subsequent games.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said earlier Thursday he had no idea what the league would do in the Hall case. But Shanahan and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said in recent days they did not think the league would suspend Hall from this Sunday’s game so late in the week.

Hall was not available to comment late Thursday.

CBS reported Thursday that Hall was “looking at” a fine and a warning and not a suspension.

Hall removed his helmet and yelled and gestured at head linesman Dana McKenzie after a tussle with Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders at the end of a play late in the Redskins’ 27-12 defeat at Heinz Field. Hall appeared to use profanity.

Hall suggested during a radio interview Tuesday that McKenzie had been verbally abusive during the incident. Hall told 106.7 The Fan that the official was “dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”

Hall also said the official “was equally at fault.”

He said during the radio interview: “It’s not a system in place where… they’re the good cops and we’re the criminals. It has to be an even playing field, a level playing field. If they want us to go out there and respect them, they have to do the same thing. They have to give us the same kind of respect that I feel like we’ve been giving them as players and as referees that ultimately control some of the calls in these games. Nobody is going out there trying to bully the referees and likewise, they shouldn’t be out there trying to bully us.”

Hall had said he was seeking to speak to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the incident. It was not clear Thursday if that happened.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said Wednesday he wasn’t sure if Hall was solely at fault.

“I don’t know if D-Hall did anything to cross the line, in my opinion,” Alexander said Wednesday. “It was a timeout. He took his helmet off. Fine. All he was doing was talking and it escalated to cussing. He never touched the ref or anything like that. I’m trying to move him back. [The] guy’s kind of chasing him at the same time. So I think both parties needed to do a better job of, ‘Okay, it’s over. Let’s get away from it.’ ”

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