ASHBURN, Va. – DeAngelo Hall made his way around on crutches with an air cast on his leg, his season over with a ruptured left Achilles.
The Washington Redskins lost their three-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the rest of the 2014 when an MRI confirmed what was suspected after Hall was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles .
Backup safety Duke Ihenacho is also done for the season with a left foot injury. Both Hall and Ihenacho were placed on injured reserve Monday, and the team was also awaiting injury news on defensive end Jason Hatcher , linebacker Brian Orakpo and guard Shawn Lauvao .
“Everybody’s kind of consoling me like I’m dying,” Hall said. “I’m like, ‘Look, y’all, I’m not on suicide watch, I’ll be all right.’ It could’ve been a whole lot worse. I’m hearing Achilles aren’t the end of the world.”
Hall, wearing purple and gold Los Angeles Lakers shorts, said he spoke with Kobe Bryant shortly after the game to get advice about surgery and rehab. Bryant tore his Achilles last year.
“I’m not a spring chicken, so I’ve got to make sure I get it done the right way,” said the 30-year-old Hall. “Got to be as patient with it as possible.”
Hall said he hasn’t decided where or when to have his surgery. He’s had a relatively healthy career and hasn’t missed a game since 2009.
Hall’s absence will be felt by a Redskins defence that is off to a good start but has been thinned by injuries. Second-year player David Amerson becomes the team’s No. 1 cornerback, and rookie fourth-round pick Bashaud Breeland could be the other starter Thursday against the New York Giants .
Tracy Porter , signed as a free agent to be the nickel cornerback, has yet to play this season because of a hamstring injury.
Hall is also a team leader, a position that would have been unexpected several years ago from a player known for his hot-headed moments. Asked if that element of his game will be missed, he pointed out that it was maybe for the best that he wasn’t on the field during the Eagles – Redskins brawl in the fourth quarter.
“I try to be a calming force, but I’m probably the craziest one out of everybody,” Hall said. “Somebody said thank God I wasn’t on the sidelines during the fight, because I might’ve been swinging my crutches around.”
Ihenacho was hurt in the first quarter against the Eagles . He was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos at the end of preseason and played in two games for the Redskins .
The Redskins filled one roster spot by promoting cornerback Chase Minnifield from the practice squad to the active roster.
The Redskins could also be without Hatcher for Thursday’s game. He injured a hamstring in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
“We’ll just take the proper precaution with the trainers,” Hatcher said, “and see what they think about Thursday.”
Also, linebacker Brian Orakpo was seeing a hand specialist about an injury to his left middle finger.
“Hopefully it’s nothing long-term,” Orakpo said. “Don’t want to walk around with something like the old veterans with the crazy looking hands.”
Also, left guard Shawn Lauvao waited to learn the MRI results on his right knee, which he hurt in the third quarter. Coach Jay Gruden was expected to address the status of all the injured players after Monday’s late afternoon practice.
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