Hm. I’m beginning to suspect that Reed Doughty wasn’t entirely truthful with me earlier today, as Hall was already wearing a 23 jersey out at practice today. Anyhow, a short practice on a blustery day, to get the rust from the bye week shaken loose before tomorrow’s regularly scheduled off-day.
- Addressing the obvious first: yes, DeAngelo Hall was out at practice, and yes, he looked good at cornerback, even pulling down an interception against Jason Campbell. And his supposed locker-room-cancerhood, the disruption of the fragile team chemistry, that didn’t show up yet either. He and Carlos Rogers were chatting and laughing on the sidelines, and he looked, on the whole, like a solid addition.
- Coach Zorn spoke about the acquisition after practice, pretty much as you’d expect, “We’re excited about the opportunity of another good football player” and so on, making special mention of the importance of depth at the position. “We’ve had Fred get banged up a little, Carlos get banged up a little, and then Shawn…. We can’t play all four of them at the same time, but the mix is going to be good.”
- Also as you’d expect, he was asked if Hall would be helping out on punt returns, and the answer seems likely to disappoint a few people: “Right now it’ll be much like Santana,” Zorn said, meaning potential spot duty in crucial situations.
- Zorn also talked about the decision to cut Leigh Torrence, and had only kind words for the departed cornerback. “He’s a tremendous person, and it was a very tough decision,” he said. “It’s no easy choice, especially in the middle of the season.” He also emphasized that it wasn’t that Torrence was the 53rd man on the roster and an automatic scratch or anything like that. (The discussion was prompted by a question of how Torrence “drew the short straw,” and Zorn answered, straightfaced, “Oh, we didn’t make them choose straws.”)
- Jason Taylor was back at practice today, “All the swelling out of [his] leg and his wound healed,” according to Coach Zorn. I noticed him practicing his footwork on the sidelines, and it’s remarkable –and good to see – how quick his feet are when he’s healthy.
- Malcolm Kelly was also back at practice, another good sight to see. “We hope to get him in full gear and practice him on Wednesday,” Zorn said. “We’re going to let him fully participate in everything this week.” So there’s some hope that Kelly will at last become the contributor we’d all hoped to see when he was drafted.
- Of course, there’s also the chance that he won’t. “I’m hoping that Sunday morning, I’ll have a difficult decision at the wide receiver position,” Zorn said, “because I’ve got too many.” So it’s possible that even a healthy Malcolm Kelly would be a scratch from Sunday night’s game.
- Carlos Rogers had a strong practice, breaking up (but not intercepting) a couple of passes. Whether this has anything to do with some perceived increased competition at his position or just being rested off the bye, I don’t know, but he seemed ready to go today.
- The rest of the injury report:
- Santana Moss is “coming right along,” and is expected to play.
- Ladell Betts is expected to be in pads on Wednesday, and could be ready to play.
- Which might be crucial, because Clinton Portis is dealing with a knee sprain, wasn’t at practice today, and is day-to-day.
- Marcus Washington didn’t practice with a shoulder sprain.
- Anthony Montgomery is day-to-day with an Achilles, but is “doubtful as far as practice goes this week.”
- Shawn Springs will be back at practice Wednesday or Thursday.
- And Todd Collins missed practice after a severe sinus infection ruptured his ear drum in Boston over the bye week, and he was told not to fly back to Ashburn. He’s driving back, and is expected to practice Wednesday.
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