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Hall is relieved about calf, unsure of starters' status for Sunday


Hall is relieved about calf, unsure of starters' status for Sunday

Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall struggled with conflicting emotions after Saturday night's NFC East-clinching victory in Philadelphia.

The 12th-year veteran was excited about the prospect of returning to the postseason and was proud of his team, which had overcome a 2-4 start. But he was also very concerned that the calf muscle he had sustained late in the contest might end his season.

“I was a little disappointed, a little down,” said Hall, who has since learned that the injury is not as bad as he originally feared. “I came out the game [in the fourth quarter and] I initially thought it was a cramp. Normally when you get a cramp, it keeps contracting and kinda lock up. It didn’t keep locking up. So it had me thinking, ‘Did I really tear my calf? This is [stuff] is unreal. This can’t be happening.’”

Over the past year-plus, Hall, 32, has had to fight his way back from two Achilles’ tendon tears, a groin muscle strain and a toe injury.

"I was definitely mentally thrown after the game," he said. "I was so worried about this calf and gosh, ‘Am I going to be able to keep fighting on this journey with my guys or what?'”

As it turns out, though, it looks like Hall will continue on the journey. The only question is when will he be able to rejoin it? 

“I went from barely being able to walk when I got on the plane to walking around fine, light jogging,” he said. “Don’t know if I’ll play [in Dallas]. I don’t know if they’ll hold me out for precautionary reasons or what. But it’s getting better. It’s feeling better. Been in treatment every day, since the game ended, for hours at a time. Just trying to get back so I can help my team win.”

If Hall doesn’t play, it’s possible he’ll have company on the sideline. Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday that he’s considering the possibility of sitting some starters against the Cowboys, since the game will have no impact on the playoffs.

Hall said he trusts Gruden to make the right decision.

“I think momentum is a big thing,” Hall said, referring to the Redskins’ three-game winning streak. “But at the same time, there’s a balance ...because on any given play a guy can get hurt and it can be a devastating injury. It’s tough. I don’t mind playing. If I’m able to go out there and play, I want to play.”

Hall continued: “I don’t know what we’ll do as a team. I haven’t talked to any coaches and they haven’t reached out and talked to me or met with any players yet about it. But we have all the confidence and faith in the world that they’ll make the right decision for us. And if it’s to play guys a quarter or a half, or play guys the whole game and go out there and try to win, that’s what we’ll do. There’s a lot of fans that still want us to go and beat the hell out of Dallas.”    

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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