It appears likely that the Washington Redskins will have cornerback DeAngelo Hall available to play in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, even if the league takes disciplinary action against him for his ejection from last weekend’s loss at Pittsburgh.
The NFL had not announced a decision in the Hall case as of Thursday afternoon. The league’s approach usually is that if a player is going to be suspended from a game on a Sunday, the action generally is taken by the Tuesday before the game to avoid putting the player’s team at a competitive disadvantage.
There are some unusual circumstances in this case, given that the league office in New York was closed early this week because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city. But Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said in recent days they would be surprised to see a player suspended so late in the week.
The league had no comment on that issue Thursday.
Hall faces a possible fine or suspension after being ejected for yelling and gesturing at head linesman Dana McKenzie. Hall said in a radio interview Tuesday that the official “was equally at fault” and was “dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”
The Redskins have their bye week after the Carolina game. So if Hall is suspended but the penalty is not enforced in this weekend, he would serve his suspension beginning with a Nov. 18 home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.