Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall says his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon is going well. But the 31-year-old stopped short of guaranteeing he’ll be full-go when training camp begins July 30th.
“I hope I’m ready to go the first day,” Hall said Tuesday on 106.7 the Fan. “When I say wean me back in, I know they are going to monitor me. I know they are not going to just throw me out there and [have me] take all the reps with the [first team]. I’m just going to get out there and see how the body feels.”
Hall added: “I’m excited to get back out there on the field. …[But] I’m at the mercy of the trainers and coaching staff. So they’re going to kind of wean me back in slowly. But I’m excited to get back out there going with the guys.”
Hall, who was held out of OTAs and minicamp this spring, said he recently began to ramp up the intensity of his workouts. But he also conceded that won’t know exactly how the twice-torn ligament will respond to competitive situations until he’s actually faced with one.
“I haven’t done a whole lot of pounding on it, as far as football movements,” Hall added, speaking on the Grant & Danny Show. "I’ve been doing more sprinting straight ahead and side-to-side agility. So to actually get out there and get into football shape and do a lot more football movements, we’ll see how it responds and just kind of play it by ear.”
Hall said he’s maintained contact with Kobe Bryant throughout the rehab process, leaning on the Lakers star for advice. Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles in 2013.
“I knew it was going to be hard, just from talking to other guys,” Hall said. “I really leaned on Kobe to just kind of take his mental approach. I summoned my inner Black Mamba."
Asked about those who doubted he'd come back, Hall added: "I took all that negative stuff. It fed me.”