On Wednesday, DeAngelo Hall said he would target Tony Romo’s ribs, and that became the Redskins-Cowboys story of the moment. There were multiple segments on both local sports-talk stations, stories on Yahoo! and Pro Football Talk and ESPN.com, and video segments as well, which led a smirking Mark Schlereth to respond to Hall like this:

“That’s the first time you’re ever going to hit anybody,” he said. “Good for you. That’s great. That’s awesome.

“Listen,” Schlereth continued, “I understand how the NFL works with injuries, and how you go after guys, you try to knock guys out, as long as it’s between the whistles and it’s fair, I don’t have any issues with that. [But] why would you come out and say that? You’re just making yourself a target. But the bottom line is I understand how the injury issues work in the National Football League. You’re going to go out there and you’re going to play tough, aggressive football, and if you can hit a guy, you’re gonna hit a guy.

“You know, it’s funny, the further you get away from the football, the more talking goes on, right? Receivers and cornerbacks always seem to be getting into these verbal battles, and they’re the only guys that never actually hit anybody. So good for you. You know what, we’re all looking forward to you going out there and dispensing justice. I can’t wait to watch it.”

The tone sort of indicated that Schlereth doesn’t really believe Hall has much justice to dispense.