Redskins cornerback and purported team leader DeAngelo Hall was ejected from Sunday's game against the Steelers after a "foul against an official." Apparently, he didn't like the way 180-pound Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders manhandled him after the whistle.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan admitted he's concerned Hall could be suspended for his actions, although we're not sure why after watching Hall play at something less than a Pro Bowl level for years.
“Any time you get kicked out of a game, ejected, there's a chance of missing a game or two, depending on what they decide,” Shanahan said according to The Washington Post (by way of PFT).
Shanahan also agreed with his cornerback that Sanders had taken a cheap shot and should've been flagged. In fact, Shanahan had little issue with the way Hall handled the situation … right up until the moment he took his helmet off, starting waving his finger in the official's face between carpet f-bomb runs.
“Until he took his helmet off, it's exactly what I ask our guys to do,” Shanahan said. Initially I thought he did everything perfect. … There's no excuse for having personal fouls, no matter what happens. ...You still have to handle yourself the right way.”
Here's a thought: How about Hall not say anything? Maybe he could use the time to concentrate on trying not to get burned.
Hall has some experience racking up personal-foul penalties. During a Week 3 game in 2007 when he was with the Falcons, Hall had shut down Panthers wideout Steve Smith for two-and-a-half quarters … and then he snapped. Here's what we wrote at the time:
About halfway through the third quarter with the Falcons leading 17-10, Hall took it upon himself to gift the game to the Panthers. On the series in question, he collected two personal-foul penalties, the second worse than the first. After Atlanta stopped Carolina on third down, and with the Panthers set to attempt a field goal, a jabber-jawing Hall drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. First-and-10, Panthers. Two plays later, Carolina tied the score, and two possessions later they took the lead for good.
The Redskins' next opponent? The Panthers and Steve Smith, naturally.
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