The Washington Redskins said yesterday that kicker John Hall will not play tomorrow against the Chicago Bears because of a strained right groin suffered in Thursday's practice. The Redskins are expected to sign Ola Kimrin, who has never kicked in the regular season, as Hall's replacement.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Kimrin was at Redskins Park yesterday, but the Redskins won't officially sign him until today, two sources with the team said.
Washington has produced only seven touchdowns this season, and Hall has been one of the team's best weapons, converting 7 of 9 field goal attempts and all extra-point attempts. The Redskins successfully went for two points after a touchdown against Dallas.
The Redskins also downgraded linebacker LaVar Arrington from questionable to out for tomorrow's game. Arrington has missed the past three games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Arrington expressed optimism this week after practicing with the team, while Redskins trainers were skeptical. The Redskins have a bye week after the Chicago game.
"I hate being out," Arrington said as he left Redskins Park. "I hate it."
Kimrin, a 32-year-old native of Sweden, was impressive during preseason with a powerful, accurate leg. He converted all three of his field goal attempts, including a 39-yarder with no time left in the preseason opener to give Washington a 20-17 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Kimrin's NFL claim to fame is a preseason record 65-yard field goal in 2002 with the Denver Broncos. His NFL experience has been largely in NFL Europe, where he played the past three seasons: last season with Cologne and the 2002 and 2001 seasons with Frankfurt. Kimrin was on the Dallas Cowboys' preseason squad in 2003 and Denver's in 2002, but was cut each time before the regular season.
Kimrin played at the University of Texas-El Paso after joining the football team as a walk-on. During training camp last summer, Kimrin said if not for his dream of playing in the NFL, he would be back in Sweden working with his father laying out computer cables.
Hall was injured in a special teams drill Thursday, and tried one more kick before being forced to skip the rest of practice. The Redskins listed him as questionable on Thursday, meaning he had a 50-50 chance of playing, and the team had intended to see how he felt today before making a final decision. But the injury didn't improve yesterday, so the Redskins decided to declare him out and sign Kimrin.
Hall, who teammates said was despondent about the injury, declined to comment through a Redskins spokesman.
Hall has gone through an injury-riddled season. He suffered a right hamstring injury during the season opener on Sept. 12, when he made 3 of 4 field goals, the only miss a 50-yard attempt.
That week, the Redskins signed Kimrin to the practice squad in case the club needed to activate him. Although the right-footed Hall was able to play against the Giants in Week 2, he pulled his left hamstring and missed his only field goal attempt, a 41-yarder that hit the right upright. The Redskins released Kimrin the following week because Hall was deemed healthy enough to kick.
Hall, known for his accuracy on long kicks, hasn't made a field goal this season of more than 34 yards.
The Redskins have 12 players on the injured list, not including strong safety Matt Bowen, who tore a knee ligament in the Ravens game last Sunday and is scheduled for surgery next week. He is out for the season.
Washington's defensive line has been the most hampered unit. Right defensive end Phillip Daniels will not play once again tomorrow because of a groin injury. His replacement, Ron Warner, has an injured ankle and said yesterday he wouldn't know if he will be able to start until tomorrow. If Warner can't go, the Redskins will give Demetric Evans his second NFL start. Nose tackle Joe Salave'a (calf) has been upgraded from questionable to probable. Linebacker Mike Barrow is still out with a knee problem.
Right offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones (ankle) is listed as questionable but said yesterday he likely wouldn't be able to play. Washington's other right tackle, Ray Brown (hamstring) is listed as probable.
The Bears also have several key injuries, especially in their depleted secondary. However, Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher is expected to play after missing two games with a hamstring injury.