Washington Redskins star DeAngelo Hall - who yesterday said that he had torn his achilles - will miss the remainder of the season.
Although a torn achilles is quite an easy injury to diagnose, Hall underwent an MRI earlier today and his worst fears were confirmed. A severe injury such as this not only ends his season but puts his availability for off season work outs at risk.
He'll be back
Hall, a three-time pro-bowler and the Redskins defensive captain sustained the injury in the 3rd quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday when he attempted to change direction to make a tackle. The Redskins would go on to lose 37-34:
“I was trying to redirect to the ball and instantly fell to the ground and grabbed the back of my leg,” Hall said. “I just thought I got stepped on. I didn’t know instantly. I didn’t think much of it. I thought I just had a calf strain or something, and it wasn’t until the doctors came and kind of felt on it a little bit [that I knew]. They tried to get the cart and I was like, ‘No, let me walk off of here,’ so they helped carry me off the field.”
The veteran cornerback also emphasised his desire to recover from the injury and return to playing but stressed he must be patient:
"“I’m not a spring chicken, so I’ve got to make sure I get it done the right way and have got to be as patient with it as possible.... Attack this rehab and get back out here on this field."
Hall is clearly serious about his rehab as it has been reported that he reached out to many athletes who suffered the same injury. Most notable of them, a certain Kobe Bryant.
Bryant's 2012-13 season was ended prematurely due to a torn achilles he suffered in April of 2013. The injury kept him out of basketball until December of that year. Bryant reiterated that Hall must be patient:
“He was probably the most notable guy that I remember having an Achilles injury and coming back. He said the same thing our trainers have. Just be patient with it. It’s going to feel like you can push. It’s going to feel like you can do some things. But the best thing for that is to not do anything. Be as patient as possible.”
Earlier this year, the veteran signed a four-year, $17 million contract to stay in Washington. He’ll earn a base salary of $1.25 million this year, and he’s due to make $4 million in 2015.