Washington Redskins kicker John Hall is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears after straining his right groin in yesterday's practice. Hall suffered the injury kicking in a special teams drill and was forced to cut short his workout.
Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine, said Hall will miss today's practice but might work out tomorrow. Hall's availability probably won't be determined until game time, Tyer said.
"We'll just have to watch and see how it is," Tyer said, "but we're concerned about it, and we'll re-evaluate it [today]."
The situation appears similar to Week 2, after Hall suffered a right hamstring injury during the season opener. That week, the Redskins signed kicker Ola Kimrin -- who had been on the team during training camp -- to the practice squad in case the club needed to activate him.
Redskins Vice President Vinny Cerrato said the team will wait before adding a kicker this time. "We don't know. We'll see how John is in the next 24 hours and make a decision after that."
Washington's other option if Hall is cleared to play and aggravates the injury during the game is to use punter Tom Tupa as an emergency kicker.
Hall has played through an injury-filled season while making 7 of 9 field goal attempts and all six extra point attempts. Although the right-footed kicker was able to play against the Giants in Week 2, he pulled his left hamstring. Tyer, a Redskins trainer for more than 30 years, said that he has never experienced treating a player with two pulled hamstrings at the same time.
Linebacker LaVar Arrington, who has missed three games because of knee surgery, participated in drills yesterday. Although Arrington says he plans to play, the Redskins have been cautious. "We're making improvement, and he's doing better," Tyer said. "But he's not quite there." . . .
The Redskins have suffered a new slew of injuries in the past week, particularly to the defensive line. Three of the 10 Redskins on the injured list are defensive linemen. Right defensive end Ron Warner, who has replaced Phillip Daniels (groin) in the starting lineup, didn't practice because of an ankle ailment. Warner, who was replaced in the starting line up last week by Demetric Evans, is questionable.
Joe Salave'a (calf) practiced yesterday after missing Wednesday's workout, and assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams expects him to play. . . .
Cornerback Shawn Springs (ankle) didn't practice for the second straight day but is listed as probable. . . .
Linebacker Mike Barrow is listed as doubtful and is expected to try make his Redskins debut against the Green Bay Packers on Halloween following Washington's bye week.
Hixon's Son Progressing
Drew Hixon, the son of Redskins receivers coach Stan Hixon, is making slow but steady progress, said his mother, Rebecca.
Drew Hixon, a Tennessee Tech wide receiver, was seriously injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision in a game against South Florida. He was recently moved from a Tampa hospital to a brain trauma facility at the University of Virginia, close to where the Hixons live. The move was made after Drew Hixon regained consciousness while in Tampa. According to Rebecca Hixon, her son is undergoing physical and speech therapy and has been responsive to visitors.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.