WASHINGTON — DeAngelo Hall played in his first game of the year on Sunday, bringing a spark to the special teams game and helping to close out one of the team’s best defensive performances of the season.
After being largely forgotten about while recovering from yet another traumatic leg injury, former Redskin and NFL analyst Shawn Springs wouldn’t be surprised if Sunday’s performance was a sign of things to come.
“He can. The hardest part, when you get to this late in your career, especially when you start to get back-to-back injuries, is the motivation of why?” Springs explained to The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “He doesn’t need to go back out there.
“To fight through the Achilles’ injuries and come back out there and be with the young guys out there runnings around, it shows you that he still loves the game; he still has an enthusiasm for the game. He could play two to three years, especially at the safety position where all he has to do is sit back, read coverages and break on the ball.”
Hall’s transition to safety has been in the works for years but has been derailed by a series of serious injuries.
In 2014, just months after signing a new four-year deal with the Redskins, Hall tore his Achilles’ tendon. Five weeks later, while rehabilitating the injury, Hall had a setback and tore it again.
In 2015, Hall transitioned to safety, playing in 11 games and avoiding serious injury.
In 2016, Hall tore his ACL in Week 3, an injury that held him out for more than year. Perhaps a reduced role on defense will be used to keep him healthy. For now, Hall is just happy to be back.
“It feels good,” Hall told the media after the game. “It’s been a while. I wouldn’t want to play out that way again, just going from nothing to starting and returning punts, but I’m happy I got a chance to get out there and help my teammates come out with a win.”
With the game on the line, Hall was in the thick of it, getting a hand on a would-be Hail Mary touchdown to win the game for Seattle. Even though he couldn’t add to his NFL active lead in interceptions, Hall still did his part.
“There is probably nobody I would rather have back there at the end of the game on a Hail Mary than D. Hall,” head coach Jay Gruden said after the game. “He has got great ball skills. He has a knack of being around the ball. It’s great to have his leadership back there.”