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.”