RICHMOND – After nursing a sore groin/hip flexor the past four days, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said that he has progressed to the point that he hopes to return to the practice field Monday afternoon. The 12th-year veteran, who is coming off of a season lost to a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon, also said he expects to play Thursday in the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Hall strained his left groin and the knee on the same side during the first joint practice with the Houston Texans. He did not practice Friday or Saturday. Washington had the day off on Sunday, but Hall tested out his groin and came away encouraged. The knee feels fine, he says.

“I feel pretty good. I feel pretty good. I’m going to give it a go out here today,” Hall said after Monday morning’s walkthrough, which concluded about four hours before the afternoon practice session. “Hip flexor-groin still a little sore. But it’s probably mainly from all the digging in it the doctors, all our chiropractors have done. But I feel pretty good. I was able to run yesterday, run the day before that; opened up pretty good. A little nervous about the wet conditions, but hopefully I’ll warm up properly and I’ll be all right.”

With this many years in the league under his belt, he can’t remember a time where he didn’t have at least some kind of aches and pains. Some veterans approach the preseason with a good degree of wariness because of the risk of suffering an injury in a meaningless game. However, Hall said this year, that’s not the case for him.

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“I don’t think I’ve ever been healthy in a game in a long time, just over the course of the years. So, I feel better than I have in a long time,” Hall chuckled. “So, it’s really just about getting out here and trying to get some good work, good quality work and work on some things. Especially not playing last year, I think I’m a little more eager to get out there than I would be had I not torn an Achilles’ [tendon] and come off of that. But I feel good, I feel good. I’m ready to roll.”

Asked if he wanted to play as soon as Thursday, Hall answered emphatically.

“Do I want to? Yeah, absolutely. Hell, I better be playing,” he said. “They haven’t told me otherwise. So, I’m gearing to suit up, man. I can’t wait to put that uniform on. We don’t know how long we’re going to be playing yet. We’ll probably talk about that in a day or so and kind of give us a script of what they think we’re going to do. But, yeah man. [Shoot], I can’t wait to get out there.”

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What’s ahead:
Monday’s full practice is at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, practice is at 1:35. Then, the Redskins are off until Thursday night’s preseason opener in Cleveland. The full training camp schedule is here, and all blog posts from Richmond are here.

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