RICHMOND — Sunday afternoon DeAngelo Hall was unable to walk, carted off the field after taking a hard fall on his back during practice. He was transferred to a wheelchair, transitioned to crutches and spent the rest of the day under the care of the team’s trainers, who worked on his spasming back muscles.
So it was surprising to see Hall, the 11th-year NFL cornerback, jog onto the field Monday morning, the penultimate day of training camp, to take part in individual drills.
“When I’m on the field, I’m complaining about, ‘I need a day off!’” the 30-year-old Hall confessed afterward. “But when I got a day off because I’m hurt, I hate it and I’m fighting, trying to get back out there.”
Hall said he’s not sure whether he’ll play in Monday’s preseason game against Cleveland, which presents a chance to defend an offense he knows well and a rookie quarterback who intrigues him, Johnny Manziel, who’s expected to start.
“If my body permits it, I’ll definitely be out there,” said Hall, who sat out team drills Monday. “I’m not a guy who likes to sit on the side and watch. So if I can get out there, I’ll definitely be out there.”
Hall could have easily taken Monday off. He was advised to do so, in fact. But after waking up feeling 100 percent better, he said he felt determined to get out with this teammates to stretch and jog around despite some lingering discomfort.
While Hall had experienced occasional back spasms before, the total debilitation he felt Sunday after diving for a ball and landing awkwardly was a new level of pain.
Coach Jay Gruden later suggested that the cart summoned to carry Hall off the field was a touch of theatrics. Not so, Hall insisted, saying he couldn’t put any weight on his legs; they simply wouldn’t support him.
Hall said that as they debated whether to summon the cart, an indignity in the eyes of many players, one of the trainers joked, “Go ahead and get the cart! It just makes me look better when you come walking back out!”
Even Hall laughed.
And Monday, after Hall jogged out, he credited what he called one of the best training staffs in the NFL.
“Hats off to those guys,” Hall said. “I’ve been around them non-stop the past day, and I’ll continue to keep working with them until I’m able to get back on the field. We’ve got some great guys in there. Without them, a lot of us wouldn’t be able to get back on the field as fast as we do.”
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The Redskins have a walkthrough Monday afternoon at 4:10 and one more practice in Richmond Tuesday morning. That workout is NOT open to the public.
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