On Sunday, DeAngelo Hall was carted off the practice field after sustaining what Redskins coach Jay Gruden termed a “minor” back bruise.
It seems to have been just a tad more severe than that.
The veteran cornerback told CSNWashington.com on Monday that landing awkwardly on his back prevented him from walking, relegating him to a wheelchair.
“I tried to keep going but couldn’t keep going,” Hall said. “It got to the point where my back locked up so bad I couldn’t even walk. So I got carted off, assisted [into the facility]. I was in a wheelchair. Later in the day I was on crutches and then this morning I was walking. So it’s been a rough 12 hours or so. But I feel good. . . .
“It was just one of those things where I re-injured something that was already hurting. And my body just shut down. But I’m feeling real good right now. I’m a 100-times better than I was yesterday. I went from couldn’t walk to running around. So I don’t see this as anything serious at all.”
Gruden, evidently not too concerned about his best defensive back, joked that Hall was carted off for “dramatic” effect. Hall took the barb in stride, but insisted it was a necessity.
“They asked me to walk and I’m like, ‘I can’t put no pressure on my legs,’” Hall said. “I didn’t think I was going to make it so they went and got the cart. One of the trainers was joking, ‘Yeah, go get the cart. It just makes me look that much better when you come walking back out here.’”
Fortunately for Washington, a crisis has been averted. Hall returned to practice today, participating in a limited capacity. Though he admits there’s still some pain, he’s aiming to suit up for next Monday’s preseason contest against the Browns.
“If my body permits it, I’ll definitely be out there,” Hall said. “I’m not a guy who likes to sit on the side and watch.”
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