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Despite Ankle Injury, DeAngelo Hall Vows To Play Against Ravens On Sunday
ASHBURN – Despite sitting out of the Washington Redskins’ practice on Wednesday with an apparent sprained right ankle, cornerback DeAngelo Hall vowed to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Hall did not address the specifics of the injury, deferring questions to the coaching staff, but said that he hurt it early in Washington’s victory over the New York Giants on Monday. The Redskins later listed Hall as having an ankle injury on the daily report.
“I knew I wasn’t coming out, so I didn’t really worry about it,” Hall said. “Next day, kind of woke up, couldn’t even walk so hence, the crutches. But I feel all right. I feel all right. Like I said, there’s no way I’m not playing in this game, so it’s a non-story.”
The Redskins will still be playing short-handed in the secondary after cornerback Cedric Griffin, who played much of the season as the nickelback, was suspended four games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. According to a league source, Griffin tested positive for amphetamines and claimed the use of Adderall led to the positive test.
“Obviously, we’re not going to go through our game plan, but we have guys who will step in and play extremely well,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “I feel good about our football team and we had a good practice today.”
Rookie Richard Crawford, who played three games at nickelback when Griffin was sidelined by a hamstring injury, figures to be the biggest beneficiary of the suspension though he has been inactive for the last five games. The Redskins also have Jerome Murphy and D.J. Johnson, who played as a dimeback against the Giants, on the roster.
“The train’s gonna keep going,” Hall said. “We’ll throw guys off. We’ll pick guys up. Some guys will jump off. … But as far as this group in the locker room, we’ve got to keep going. We can’t control whether one guy does this or does that or whether a guy gets hurt. We’ve still got to go out there and be ready to play.”