WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left foot and is out for the season.
Hall had an MRI on Monday morning when the diagnosis was confirmed. There is no timetable yet for a return, though the injury typically takes six months to rehabilitate.
Hall crumpled to the turf during Sunday’s 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was convinced that another player stepped on the back of his foot, but replays showed that not to be the case. After being carted to the locker room, team doctors told Hall they believed the Achilles was ruptured.
“I’m not a spring chicken so I’ve got to make sure I get [surgery] done the right way,” Hall said. “I’ve got to be as patient with it as possible, attack this rehab and get back out there on the field.”
That likely won’t be until 2015. Hall, an 11-year NFL veteran who has never had a major injury during his career, turns 31 on Nov. 19. His confidence was helped after talking to other athletes who have endured Achilles surgery, including a long conversation on Sunday night with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
“This being injured thing is kind of new for me so I’m gonna heed the advice of all these people,” Hall said. “I’m going to listen to them and I’m going to come back better.”
As of Monday afternoon, Hall wasn’t sure where or when he’d have his surgery. Hall did say he will be in a cast for six weeks and then there is another six weeks of rehabilitation just to start the process of recovery.
Hall was in relatively good spirits while telling reporters the news. He’s had so many condolences offered by everyone from owner Dan Snyder to his coaches to general manager Bruce Allen that it all became a bit much to take.
“Everybody’s consoling me like I’m dying,” Hall joked. “Look y’all – I’m not on suicide watch. I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right. It could have been worse. I’m hearing Achilles aren’t the end of the world. And even if it is – it it what it is. I feel good about it. I’m optimistic. Just ready to get to work.”