RICHMOND – Veteran defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather returned to the practice field Monday after missing a week because of injuries.
Hall, the starting left cornerback, had missed five straight practices after spraining his right ankle in practice July 29. Meriweather had been hobbled with soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee and missed six straight practices.
With both players on the field Monday, it marked the first time in camp that the 11 projected defensive starters had taken the field together. Right cornerback Josh Wilson had missed the start of camp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Hall said he still isn’t yet 100 percent, but that his ankle, which he originally tested out on Sunday with the intention of practicing fully Monday, is good enough for him to play.
“They wanted me to kind of take another day and go through that movement, but I told them controlled movement – that’s the easy part,” Hall said after practice Monday. “As long as I can – I know what I’m doing, it’s easy. When I have to go on somebody and go on instantaneous movements, that’s when it gets kind of tough and that’s what we were out there trying to test today. It felt OK. Am I anywhere near being 100 percent? No, not at all. But at least I know it ain’t gonna fall off. If I gotta go out there, I can go out there.”
Meriweather went through positional drills and the first half of practice and then was held out of the second round of 11-on-11 action as a precaution. He said he felt good, but wouldn’t know for sure how much progress his knee had made until he was able to see how it responded a day after the increased activity.
“We’ll see tomorrow,” Meriweather explained. “It depends on how I feel when I wake up in the morning, you know? We’ll know then if it’s a step in the right direction or not.”
Meantime, running back Chris Thompson (knee) and guard Adam Gettis (hamstring) also returned to practice. Tight end Jordan Reed was out because of a bruise on top of his foot, Coach Mike Shanahan said. And the coach said receiver Devery Henderson was excused from practice because of a death in his immediate family.
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