Robert Griffin III had total reconstructive knee surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ACL and LCL. He reportedly is expected to need 6-8 months to recover, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Griffin would be back in time for the Washington Redskins’ season opener. One of Griffin’s teammates feels differently.
“I hope Robert [Griffin III] is back on the field next year, trust me,” Hall told Anderson. “But it will be a miracle if he’s back opening day and I definitely don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s interesting the way the ball drops. I want him back on the field like everybody else, but we have to be realistic and he has to be safe.
“[Former Redskins running back] Tim Hightower tore his ACL in Week [7 of the 2011 season] and he wasn’t back for the [2012 regular season] and we ended up having to cut him. That was almost a year. [Vikings running back Adrian Peterson] tore his Week 16 against us but he’s back in time for the start of this season. It just depends. It just varies. Now you consider that Robert tore the same ACL twice, so it could take longer and be harder to come back from. [Peterson] is just a freak of nature. There’s no way around that one.”
Hall was asked if he didn’t consider Griffin a freak of nature like Peterson.
“Yes he’s freakish athletically, but from a recovery standpoint that may or may not be a different story. I don’t know a lot about ACLs. I have never injured one. I don’t know all the details about the process. All I know is that I wish him the best and I want him to come back as soon and as safe as possible.”
Hall isn’t being Mr. Negative so much as he’s giving an honest assessment. As he pointed out, each injury situation is different. And just because Adrian Peterson came back in time for the season to begin and was a stud doesn’t mean everyone coming back from ACL surgery can do the same thing. Derrick Rose tore his ACL in April and still isn’t back for the Chicago Bulls.
I’m not saying that I don’t think Griffin will be back in time for the team’s season opener but, like Hall, I have my doubts.
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has had a hard time getting along with the media lately. Earlier this week, reporters asked Hall for his thoughts on the $30,000 fine he received stemming from his on-field altercation with an official during an Oct. 28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On Tuesday, it supposedly got worse. Rich Campbell of the Washington Times reported that Hall got into a “profane, non-physical confrontation” with Washington Post writer Mike Jones at the Redskins facility, during which Hall had to be restrained by defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. Campbell also noted that DeAngelo and Jones later met to calmly discuss the incident.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Hall was angry about a quote included in a piece Jones wrote last week about Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett holding one-on-one meetings with Washington’s defensive backs in hopes of getting them to step up their play. Jones supposedly had the quote on tape and the article didn’t include anything controversial, so it’s unclear why Hall was so upset.
This is obviously a man with some emotional issues, but we already knew that. Between stories about him hitting opponents in the face, saying officials should lose their jobs and admitting he would cut himself, we know Hall has a flare for the dramatic. This latest incident sounds like yet another example of his temper getting the best of him.
DeAngelo Hall insists he did not mean any disrespect earlier this week when he said the Washington Redskins gave Eli Manning and the New York Giants a win last Sunday. When discussing New York’s game-winning 77-yard touchdown, Hall basically said anyone could have made the throw and that it was nothing more than a blown coverage. Several Giants players ripped him for the comments, and the Redskins corner backed off on Thursday.
“I think anybody who’s smart enough to watch football can sit there and see we blew that coverage,” Hall explained according to D.C. Sports Bog. “With that being said, the question I was asked was ‘Is Eli just the smartest guy?, some question the reporter asked me about that particular play. And I was like, nah, you didn’t have to be too smart to see a guy run down the middle and just throw it up.
“I’m not saying Eli’s not smart. You know, the dude’s super smart. He won two Super Bowls. I got drafted with Eli. I was able to get to know him and his family through that whole process. I respect his game a whole lot. I respect that football team, Coach Coughlin, all those guys a lot and what they’ve been able to accomplish up there in New York.”
As much as we like to rip on Hall for saying things like this and allegedly hitting opponents in the face, the explanation sounds pretty sincere. In his defense, it was very much a blown coverage by Washington. Anytime you let an opposing team’s best receiver run free down the seam with under two minutes to play, you’ve made an epic mistake. In that sense, the play was not all that difficult for the Giants to execute.
When Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown that gave the New York Giants and comeback win over the Washington Redskins, DeAngelo Hall was not impressed. Rather than seeing it as another tremendous fourth-quarter comeback from a resilient Giants team, Hall saw it as a gift from his team.
“Ultimately he did because he made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play,” Hall told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. “I feel we gave him that play. We just had one guy set his feet and one guy not do this. I could have thrown that ball and he would have scored. It wasn’t something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”
You don’t have to look at the play all that closely to know that it was terrible coverage, so in a way you can see what Hall is referring to. That being said, the Giants and Manning still had to call the right play based on the defense they saw and then execute it. That’s why some New York players feel that Hall’s comments were disrespectful.
USA TODAY’s Mike Garafolo said Victor Cruz called Hall’s comments “a little disrespectful” and Manning even stepped out of character a bit and fired back at the Redskins corner.
“I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out either,” Manning said. “That was the coverage they messed up. As an offense, you have to take advantage of that.”
The “we beat ourselves” excuse is one of the lamest in sports, and one that the Giants have heard before on numerous occasions. Hall is also known for having a big mouth, so it doesn’t surprise me that he tried to take credit away from his division rivals. All that matters is the Giants got one in the win column and Washington took a loss. Whether Hall feels they earned it or not really isn’t relevant.
Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Hall got into it a bit during the first quarter of the Redskins-Vikings game on Sunday. Peterson, who totaled over 100 yards of offense on the day, broke a couple of big runs at the beginning of the game and credited Hall with making a nice tackle on one of them. However, he did not approve of what the Redskins cornerback did after making the play.
“He slapped me in the face after making a good tackle,” Peterson told the Star Tribune. “And I was just telling him, ‘Hey, don’t do me like that, brother.’ I looked him in the eyes and he knew I meant business.”
“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Hall said on Monday. “For it to be brought up a day later and talking about I slapped him in the face, that’s just asinine. I actually run up on him, make a tackle and my helmet kind of pops off. The momentum of me going to hit him, I kind of push right off, right after I make the tackle I push right off, I don’t know if it’s him or the ground. That’s the only contact I had with him.”
This is the same DeAngelo who once tried to fight the entire Falcons team and has talked about targeting specific parts of opposing players’ bodies in the past. Unfortunately for the Vikings, Peterson meaning business wasn’t quite enough to beat the Redskins on a day where Minnesota’s defense was a no-show in a 38-28 loss.
From a skill standpoint, Robert Griffin III should be honored to be compared to Michael Vick. Both are mobile quarterbacks who have cannons for arms and insane play-making ability. As far as an NFL career in concerned, Griffin would probably rather avoid the Vick comparisons. As in, I’m sure RG3 has no intention of being kept out of football for two years because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring. According to Griffin’s current teammate and Vick’s former teammate DeAngelo Hall, RG3 understands what it takes to win more than Vick did when he entered the league.
“Me and (Griffin) have been talking for the last 4 or 5 months now and I told him the scary part is his progression now as a quarterback and an athlete,” Hall said during an interview with 980 ESPN’s The Sports Fix in D.C. “I feel like he’s light years ahead of Michael Vick because he understands mentally what it takes to be great.
“Mike felt like he could go out athletically and be great. RG3 is like I know athletically I’m pretty good, but I want to be mentally great. If I can be mentally great and athletically good or great then it is scary. His ability to want to be that great quarterback now and just a great athlete is what is going to separate him from all the other guys out there.”
They may be different people and different players, but light years ahead? That’s a lot of hype to live up to, not that there wasn’t already plenty of buzz surrounding Griffin to begin with. Perhaps RG3 is significantly further in his progression than Vick was at this stage in his career, but forgive me for not taking Hall’s word for it given his reputation for saying ridiculous things.
Hopefully once word gets around that DeAngelo Hall and Alex Morgan were chatting back and forth on Twitter, everyone calls it flirting. That way we can see if Hall gets all worked up about it like Evan Longoria did that time when he and Morgan were chatting and everyone said he was trying to pick her up. It’s just more fun when that happens. Anyway, Hall recently tweeted back and forth with the U.S. Women’s soccer star, and by the end of the conversation he convinced her to attend a Redskins game next season. Either Morgan knows nothing about football, or she has high hopes for what the Robert Griffin III era might bring.