The 2013 NFL season is about to be underway, and fans are waiting anxiously to see exactly how healthy their teams really are. In the case of the Washington Redskins, fans can only hope that last year’s injury-prone season will not repeat itself.
But, lets be realistic here. Players are going to be injured. Still, the 2012 Redskins season was not only injury-prone, but also injury-prone in a season-ending kind of way. That is the worst kind of injury, one that devastates a team and hurts morale. This year, the Redskins are poised to start the season with almost all of their stars and starters healthy and ready to play — so far.
That is why when a press release comes out stating that the Redskins’ no. 1 cornerback and team leader DeAngelo Hall has an ankle injury and has to undergo X-rays, Washingtonians might begin to worry. According to Hall, the injury is not serious. “I feel good. If it was a game, I probably would have tried to at least get back out there, but they told me to just sit.”
Hall even goes further, saying, “A lot of guys were joking,`Yeah, you wanted a day off.’ I’m like,`Yeah, I wanted a day off, but not like this.”
On February 27, 2009 Hall agreed to a six-year, $55 million contract with $23 million guaranteed. With that kind of money, the question remains is he worth it?
Hall, by his own declaration, is a “ball hawk,” mostly creating big plays by jumping passes for the interception. While this does lead to amazing game-changing plays, like the game against the Chicago Bears in 2010 when Hall provided four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, it also provides many opportunities for Hall to be beat over the top on many occasions.
In the fans’ view, Hall is a mixture of pure talent and unreliability. This injury, declared as a sprained ligament in the back of his right ankle, has Hall walking in a boot. He will likely miss the rest of the preseason, but should return for the regular season. Pegged as the starting CB in 2013, Hall has a lot to prove. Look to see him coming out strong.