RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) – Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall left practice in a motorized cart on Sunday after suffering a back injury, according to coach Jay Gruden.
Washington’s starting left corner is coming off one of the best seasons of his career at age 30, but he fell hard during a play at Sunday’s morning practice and sustained a bad bruise. Hall was covering wide receiver Andre Roberts during one-on-one drills in the end zone and fell on a fade pass.
After being treated, he left the field in a cart and struggled to walk under his own power into the locker room.
“DeAngelo did a somersault, landed on his back and bruised his back,” Gruden said. “He’s walking around a little bit better. Just a little sore. But I don’t imagine it being very long.”
Gruden later cracked: “They carted him off just for the dramatic exit. He could have walked off. It would have made it a lot easier on me today.”
In other injury news, linebacker Brian Orakpo missed practice with what he called a bruised quadriceps muscle and Gruden said was a thigh contusion. Orakpo insists the injury is not serious and he’ll be fine. Fellow linebacker Darryl Sharpton might be out the longest of any player hurt so far with a high ankle sprain.
Running back Chris Thompson (ankle sprain) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) both missed practice. Jackson is expected back soon. Thompson is in a fight for one of the final roster spots at running back.
Thompson’s competition isn’t staying healthy, either, though. Lache Seastrunk has a sprained arch, but is playing through the pain. Silas Redd has a minor ankle sprain and he will be ready to return either Monday or Tuesday. Thompson, however, could miss five or six days, Gruden said. That’s a problem.
“It’s disappointing. It’s unfortunate for [Thompson] because he was progressing very well,” Gruden said. “And he needs the reps to do what we’re going to ask him to do on game day. And if he’s not available to get these reps it’s going to hurt his progress. Injuries happen. Unfortunately to him it seems like more often than not. He’s gotta figure out a way to stay healthy.”
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