The longest tenured player on Washington's active roster, Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall has been activated from PUP and will provide veteran help down the stretch.
DeAngelo Hall is officially back for his 14th active NFL season, as the Washington Redskins announced on Friday that the veteran safety has been activated from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
In a corresponding move, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin has been waived.
Hall, 33, has been rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered last season during a Week 3 victory over the New York Giants. Spending the rest of the year on Injured Reserve, Hall was placed on the PUP list during training camp before carrying that over to the regular season.
In Week 7, Hall returned to practice. Now with a Week 9 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks looming, the three-time Pro Bowler has returned to the active roster.
Hall said his body feels fresh as he prepares for the second half of the season. But from a mental standpoint, he’s “a little behind” as he has yet to actually play in defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s scheme.
“It’s a couple things that we put in the course of training camp and OTA’s and through the course of the season defensively that have evolved,” Hall said. “Each week we kind of tweak different things and game plan offenses. Even if I go back and try to remember the defense the way we put it in, it’s different by the time we get to game-planning for a particular opponent. The calls we played last week are different than this week. Mentally, it’s a little taxing.”
With D.J. Swearinger entrenching himself as the vocal defensive leader and rookie Montae Nicholson excelling early in his first season, Hall isn’t quite sure what his role will be just yet.
Regardless, being a 14-year veteran is a luxury coming off more than a year of rehab from a major injury.
“It’s like riding a bike. Some things are going to be a little rusty, but for the most part it’s still football,” Hall said. “I’ve been still trying to train my eyes, get back there with the coaches as much as possible and just kind of see what they’re seeing, talk to the guys and see what they’re seeing, see how I probably would’ve played it and kind of how I see it. We do a lot of dialogue back and forth.
“I think I’ve gotten a good grasp of understanding how we want things done. It’s just physically going out and doing it. It’ll make it a little easier on me than on a four-year guy who hasn’t played a lot of football. I’ve played enough football where I can kind of get back on the bike and get going. Might stumble a little bit here and there, but I can get up and go full speed.”
Hall remains the active NFL’s active leader in interceptions, as the Virginia Tech product has recorded 43 picks along with 797 tackles with 130 passes defensed, 15 fumble recoveries, 11 fumbles forced and two sacks.
Even if his opportunities to extend those numbers are limited in the final weeks of the regular season, his presence alone will help a young defense trying to overcome injuries.
“We understand guys are going to get banged up,” Hall said. “That’s when other guys get opportunities to make a name for themselves, whether it’s myself because somebody else got hurt, or it’s somebody else who took my spot. There’s opportunities for the next person to step up, and we all in this locker room understand that. It’s nothing personal, there’s no animosity towards anybody. That’s kind of the mentality. It’s next man up.
“Keep rooting for you, I hope you get healthy, but it’s my time to go out there. That’s kind of how it’s always been in an NFL locker room. Injuries are always going to happen, so the next man has to be ready. We, as players, whether you’re starting or you’re behind the guy who’s starting, you’ve got to prepare like you’re a starter. We all have that mentality.”