ASHBURN — Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s win over the New York Giants and he will miss the rest of the 2016 season, an MRI exam confirmed.
It is a devastating blow for Hall, a 13-year NFL veteran who missed most of the 2014 season with a torn left Achilles tendon and five games last season with a sprained right big toe, among other nagging injuries.
Hall was hurt late in the second quarter of Sunday’s 29-27 win over the Giants while tackling wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. He also collided with fellow cornerback Dashaun Phillips on the play and immediately reached his right knee.
Hall was helped off the field and examined by team medical personnel. But he quickly was back on his feet and walking up and down the sideline. While Hall said after the game in New York that he felt okay, he also admitted he’d never sustained an ACL tear, didn’t know exactly what it felt like and that doctors feared he had done so. That diagnosis was confirmed on Monday morning. The news was first reported by ABC-7s Erin Hawksworth
Washington’s starting free safety this season, Hall had missed just 11 games in his first 10 NFL seasons during stints with the Atlanta Falcons, the Oakland Raiders and the Redskins, who acquired him to stabilize their cornerback position in 2008 during the middle of that season. He has been a fixture here ever since.
Hall was a defensive captain, a vocal locker room presence whose absence in the room was palpable when he tore his Achilles tendon twice in 2014 – once on the field during a September game against the Eagles and the next month in an off-field slip in his home in Atlanta. He needed a second surgery to repair the damage.
But after age 30, injuries began to pile up on Hall. He returned from the Achilles tendon tears, but endured nagging injuries all summer (rib, knee). In Week 3 last season against the Giants – also at MetLife Stadium – Hall sprained his right big toe and missed the next five games.
He returned on Nov. 15 in a game against New Orleans – but this time the last act of his career had begun. He played some at safety that day . The coaching staff tried to keep things simple as Hall adjusted to the position switch. But this summer he consistently said he felt much more comfortable at free safety.
Now, at age 32, Hall will have to decide if he still has more football left in him. A typical ACL recovery process is six-to-eight months. He could presumably be ready for the start of training camp next July. Hall also has one year left on his contract – though the Redskins would save $4.25 million against their salary cap if they cut him before June 1, 2017. Hall turns 33 on Nov. 19.
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