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DeAngelo Hall On Pace For Training Camp Return

After suffering a season-ending injury last season, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is on track to make his full return to the field during training camp.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Tuesday provided a little more clarity into his rehab from a season-ending Achilles injury he suffered Week 3 last season.

"I probably won't do anything initially until training camp, so right now I'm probably just waiting until that starts before getting back out onto the field," he told reporters. "Physically, I feel like I can do everything now, but it's just precautionary."

Hall participated in some drills during the day, including individual work with defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, but remained an active spectator during 11-on-11 action.

"Yeah, I was doing individual drills, did some footwork drills," he said. "I watched all the team stuff, the 7-on-7. I went back and did some more running with the training staff, trying to get back in shape, trying to work all those muscles that haven't been worked in a while."

Hall, of course, has been one of the Redskins' cornerstone players on defense over the last few years, as the Virginia Tech product has amassed 83 starts with 77 passes defensed and 23 interceptions in seven seasons.

But while the 31 year old, who has appeared in three Pro Bowls during his 11-year career, certainly has the talent to remain in lockstep with the top wide receivers in the league, the 2015 season represents the first time he'll enter a season coming off a severe injury.

While something like that can be mentally taxing on a guy who has always been among the best at his position, Hall remains confident, falling back on his experiences for help.

"You know, it's fun to have gone against a lot of different guys and played lots of different defenses, seen a lot of offensive schemes," he said. "So when it's time to get on the field, it makes the transition a lot easier. You don't need to be out here beating yourself up too much right now, we have so much time until we actually start up. It's nice to be able to ease into it a little more. That definitely plays a big part in it. I'm feeling good and can't wait to get into this defense."

Hall suffered the injury last October against the Philadelphia Eagles. He underwent surgery, and suffered a setback a few weeks later when he re-tore the Achilles in an accident at his home.

But just seven months after initially suffering the injury, Hall is already working on football drills.

That came as no shock to head coach Jay Gruden.

"He's coming along very fast from the Achilles surgery. I knew he would be," Gruden said. "He's at a stage of his career where he knows how important preparation is both on and off the field. Physically he's got to get himself ready to go after that injury and it's going to take some time but he has shown major, major improvements already and we're very pleased with where he is right now with the thought of him being ready for training camp is exciting to all of us."




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