Tag:DeAngelo Hall
Posted on: September 25, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Tony Romo wearing protective pad Monday night

Posted by Will Brinson

Last week, Tony Romo ended up needing to play through a pair of broken ribs and a punctured lung -- don't worry, it's healed! -- in order to give the Cowboys a victory of the 49ers.
Victory will be more difficult to come by this week, if you listen to DeAngelo Hall anyway, because Romo's lung will be targeted by the Washington defense.

In a counter to the Redskins willingness to talk dirty and play tough, Dallas is suiting up Romo in some protective padding Monday, Charley Casserly of CBS Sports reported Sunday afternoon.

Casserly went one further than just handing out the information though -- he brought a piece of the padding to The NFL Today set, and obviously, the only way we could test this technology was by letting Dan Marino hit Boomer Esiason with a baseball bat. (This actually happens. Click play below.)


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Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Romo welcomes a blitzing DeAngelo Hall

T. Romo takes a hit from J. Smith (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tony Romo doesn’t know if he’s going to play Monday night vs. the Redskins, but he knows that he wants to play and will do whatever he can to play. Which includes wearing a flak jacket made of Kevlar to protect the ribs he fractured and the lung he punctured* last week.

*Luckily for him and the Cowboys, as my CBSSports.com colleague Ryan Wilson points out, his lung has healed. Which, you know, is a good thing.

The jacket is made of the same material protecting U.S. soldiers, and if it can stand up to stopping bullets, it should be OK to hinder linebackers from making a dent in Romo’s chest.

“It’s a pretty neat little product when they show you,” Romo said Friday evening on NBC Sports Talk on Versus. “These things take bullets and they put people in them that have a lot more at risk than I do. We’re going to use it and I think it will be able to absorb quite a bit of contact coming in. It’s thinner than you think, which I thought was a real positive putting it on.”

Not only does it stop bullets, but the material stops a hammer to the head as well (for that bit of knowledge, you can thank SI.com’s Will Carroll, who posted video of himself testing out the flak jacket. By banging a hammer off his dome).

Some teammates, including backup quarterback Jon Kitna, expect Romo to play. And you know who is a big fan of that notion? Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall -- who, as you’ll recall, said this earlier this week:

"I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt," Hall said. "Romo's ribs -- I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it. If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that.”

Peter King asked Romo about that on Versus, and here was his response.

"If DeAngelo wants to blitz, that will be a little bit less in their pass overage,” he said while smiling. “By all means, he’s welcome to blitz. That’s part of the game. Anybody who plays this game knows that. I wouldn’t put myself out there if I didn’t think I could take a hit to the ribs and keep going.”

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Report: Romo's punctured lung has healed

It looks like Tony Romo will play. Will DeAngelo Hall be ready? (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


The punctured lung Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered during an overtime win over the 49ers last Sunday has healed, sources tell ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins. This is the latest confirmation of what most people suspected anyway: Romo will be on the field Monday night when the Cowboys host the Redskins in Jerry Dome's season opener.

Romo still has a fractured rib and as recently as Thursday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was noncommittal about his quarterback's chances to play this week.

"Tony certainly had his examination [Thursday] and everything is on go as we would hoped it would be and expected it to be relative to his lung status," Jones said on ESPN's NFL 32. "That still doesn't necessarily mean he's going to play Monday night, but still that's on go. …

"He threw around a few balls today but that was it. He really didn't practice," Jones continued. "So we'll ease up on him here this week. He'll have the game plan and a feel for what we want to do out there and we'll see how it is when we get to game day."

The Associated Press reports that Romo wasn't on the field at the start of Cowboys' practice Friday, giving backup quarterback Jon Kitna another day of work with the starters. Romo hasn't practiced since leading Dallas to a comeback win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Coach Jason Garrett hasn't said whether Romo must practice before playing against Washington; the Cowboys have another practice Saturday and a walkthrough Sunday.

Still, barring a setback, there's no reason to believe that Romo won't be under center. "I fully expect him to play," Kitna said.

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This must make DeAngelo Hall very happy. The Redskins cornerback said earlier this week that he plans to target Romo's ribs.

"Absolutely. I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt," Hall said. "Romo's ribs -- I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it. If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that. We're going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible."

This prompted CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman to point out that Hall is an idiot. And ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, no doubt stifling uncontrollable laughter as the words left his mouth, offered this: “That’s the first time you’re ever going to hit anybody. Good for you. That’s great. That’s awesome."

Schlereth continued: “You know, it’s funny, the further you get away from the football, the more talking goes on, right? Receivers and cornerbacks always seem to be getting into these verbal battles, and they’re the only guys that never actually hit anybody. So good for you. You know what, we’re all looking forward to you going out there and dispensing justice. I can’t wait to watch it.”

Perhaps Hall can take some lessons in humility from Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley, who hooked up with Romo for the 77-yard pass play in San Francisco that set up the winning field goal. Holley appeared on ESPN Radio Dallas earlier this week to talk about the catch and his his NFL journey (via SportsRadioInterviews.com).

"Just three years ago I was working security from 11 at night until 7 in the morning and selling cell phones in the day time. To be on stage at Candlestick Park, Cowboys and 49ers, making a key play to help your team get a victory, that’s … you can’t write that up. … It really shows if you continue to be faithful and obedient and work hard that good things will happen to you."

As for what Holley told Romo on the sidelines before The Play, it's pretty simple:

“The whole time he is talking I am over talking him saying ‘I’m ready. I’m ready. I’m ready.’ He’s going ‘I know. I know, but on the…’ I said ‘I am ready. I am ready.’ I kept telling him and I said in my head ‘I am ready.’ …

"When we got on the plane I asked him [Tony Romo] about that particular play because he called a play in the huddle that wasn’t the play call that coach Garrett called in the headset. I asked him ‘What made you change the play?’ He said well you told me that you were ready? I felt like you had one in you, so I changed it.”

In other Cowboys injury-related news, the AP reports that receiver Dez Bryant returned Friday for the first time since injuring a thigh in the opener. Running back Felix Jones (shoulder) and center Phil Costa (knee) also returned after missing practice Thursday. Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) remains out.

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 4:01 pm
 

CB Hall to target Romo's ribs, Felix's shoulder

Posted by Will Brinson

The Cowboys -- who were featured on our Film Room breakdown earlier Wednesday -- have some serious injuries on the offensive side of things as they head into their Monday matchup against the Redskins. Tony Romo's punctured lung and broken ribs stand out, as do Felix Jones' separated shoulder.

Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall is quite aware of these injuries, and said on Wednesday that he hopes Romo and Jones play. Mainly so he can put his helmet on their busted-up body parts.

"Absolutely. I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt," Hall said. "Romo's ribs — I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it."

"If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that. We're going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible."
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There's nothing wrong with this, per se, from a standpoint of legal football-playing and whatnot. (There may be something off about the whole thing depending on how you feel about the violent nature of football. Or if you're a Cowboys fan.)

And besides, it sounds like, from what Jason Garrett's saying, that the Cowboys fully plan on putting Romo on the field, so the onus is really on them for putting Romo at risk.

"I think he's doing fine," Garrett said. "He got knocked around a little bit on Sunday, but he's getting his rehab and hopefully he'll be ready to play for this ballgame. We'll take it day to day, the next few days."

Success in the NFL is based on exploiting weaknesses on the other side. Sometimes those weaknesses involve injuries for the other team.

And sometimes those weaknesses involve a cornerback who gets burnt on deep plays and isn't a great tackler. Monday night's outcome could drastically hinge on who's better at targeting those respective deficiencies.

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Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:55 pm
 

DeAngelo Hall owes $24k in back taxes

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall probably isn't hurting for cash, but he owes $24,202.06 in back taxes on his Northampton County, Virginia, property.

(Brief aside: Hall isn't the only NFL player to miss a payment -- or 36 -- on a property, home, car, jet ski … whatever, but it is a reminder that, one way or another, the lockout can't last. Owners have more dough than players, and in general, are less inclined to spend it frivolously. Which means that once the money runs out, players will be more likely to settle, even if that includes making concessions previously thought off the table. Luckily, it may not get to that point.)

Hall, whose residence is assessed at $1.3 million, will have a few months to square up his $24,000 debt, but if he doesn't the county will sell the home at auction.

The Daily News first reported the story and couldn't reach Hall for comment. And the Redskins couldn't reach out to Hall because there can be no contact between players and teams during the lockout. Even if those rules sound more like guidelines.

As for Hall, the former Falcons first-round pick has made tens of millions of dollars during his seven-year career. This includes the six-year, $55 million deal the Redskins gave him in February 2009 (because they're not an outfit known to overspend for talent), as well as the heist Hall perpetrated against the Raiders, where he averaged over $1 million a game until Oakland had seen enough and cut him eight games into the 2008 season.

As ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith joked in April, "I guess [Hall] must have saved his money wisely to get through that tough stretch with the Redskins when he only made $200,000."

We'll just assume that Hall has the $24,000 to make good on his debt, although the road to the poor house is littered with tales of rags-to-riches-to-rags.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:46 pm
 

DeAngelo Hall calls Jay Cutler 'a clown'

Posted by Andy Benoit

Thank you, DeAngelo Hall, for telling a story (and, through the magic of copy and paste) writing a story for me. The main character in Hall’s story is Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, whom Hall picked off four times in a game last year.

Hall begins the story – which he told to 106.7 The Fan – with little inhibition. Here it is:

“Jay is definitely a clown. I played against the kid one other time, and it was when I first went to Oakland, first game of the season we played on a Monday night. And Shanahan was actually coaching. He’s played against Al Davis so long, he knows what we’re going to be in — man under, it ain’t no help, just go out and play football no matter what they come out in. You can tell Shanahan was scheming us up — max protection, double/triple move. And Eddie Royal had caught a couple balls against me that game.

And I tell you what, I don’t know if Jay (in last season’s Bears-Redskins game) was like ‘I’m going to keep going at him, I don’t care what’s going on.’ And the first half, I didn’t have an interception, a pass breakup or nothing, and then to come out in the second half against those guys and get four interceptions. Man, I’ve never had more than two in a game, so to go out and get four in a half, I was like ‘man, this is unreal! I’m on the sideline like ‘wow, this is pretty amazing!’”

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:41 am
 

Report: Atogwe to visit Washington

Atogwe Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While Oshiomogho Atogwe has said he wouldn’t mind return to play for the Rams – who happened to release him last week, a scant few days before they would have owed him an $8 million roster bonus – he’s taking a look at the rest of the league.

One of those places is Washington, according to 101 ESPN in St. Louis.

"This is an opportunity for me to explore other options," Atogwe told Howard Balzar. "It doesn't mean the Rams aren't still an option. A door has been opened so I can really see if this is where I'm supposed to continue to be or if I am supposed to go elsewhere. It gives me and my family more options to make a decision.

"At the end of the day, I'll make the decision that I believe I'm led to make and be in the place where I'm supposed to be. That doesn't count the Rams out and it doesn't count any team out. It gives me an opportunity to evaluate my current situation while giving me the option to go where I believe I'm supposed to go."

As we’ve recounted before, this is the first time the six-year veteran (who happens to be one of the more solid free safeties in the NFC) will get to test his market worth. The Rams franchise-tagged before the 2009 season, and last year, because of the uncapped season, he reverted back to being a restricted free agent.

Apparently, he believes he’s worth about $7 million a season, which is twice as much as the Rams were going to pay him for 2011.

Atogwe, if he lands with the Redskins, would make that secondary even more dangerous. With the ever-improving LaRon Landry at strong safety and DeAngelo Hall at cornerback, Atogwe could make a big impact on Washington’s defense.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.8.11: Two sides of Vick



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Vick didn’t get out of the ceremony unscathed, though. As this YouTube video will attest. To be fair, though, take the video with a grain of salt. It’s hard to tell if Vick even heard the radio guy or looked at him.
  • If you’re thinking new Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will contact QB Carson Palmer to make a pitch at him to stay in Cincinnati, think again. Gruden will wait until Palmer’s job status is sorted out before making contact.
  • Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post thinks the Super Bowl has become too bloated.
  • If you were driving in the Washington D.C. area Sunday night, there’s a pretty good chance you were given a ticket by Maryland or Virginia police. Forty-two drivers were arrested on DUI suspicion.
  • The Washington City Paper has announced the Washington City Paper Defense Fund so the outlet can fight the multi-million dollar lawsuit leveled at it by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Apparently, the newspaper is getting plenty of support from its readers.

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