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News & Notes: Hall Eyes Return to Oakland

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DeAngelo Hall is not looking for payback.

Although one could not blame him if he were.

In March 2008, Hall was traded from Atlanta to Oakland in March 2008 and agreed to a new contract with his new team. He bought a house and moved his family to the bay area.

Then Hall was released by the Raiders, jettisoned after just eight games.

Hall eventually landed with the Redskins, who play the Raiders this Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

This week, Hall was asked about his brief tenure with the Raiders.

"I wouldn't change a thing," he said. "I think everything that I've been through has made me the person that I am now, the player that I am now, the passion I play with."

Still, getting released wasn't easy for the veteran cornerback out of Virginia Tech.

"To have something sitting right in front of you, and then taken right away from you, it was definitely shocking," he said. "Even though I was only on the street for a day or so, I still had that feeling of not getting up and going to work or watching the game on TV and not being a part of it. It definitely does something to you."

Later, Hall admitted that he had Sunday's game at Oakland circled on his Redskins' schedule, along with the Nov. 8 game at Atlanta.

He said he was given varying answers as to why he was released, from salary cap reasons to his ability to play in the Raiders' defensive scheme.

"Al Davis told me my release was due to salary cap issues," Hall said. "Coach [Tom] Cable, who I was fortunate enough to play with in Atlanta as well, made the statement that they had somebody better behind me. So I kind of took a little offense to that, but don't have any hard feelings towards Coach Cable or the organization.

"It was a great time for me there, the short period of time that I was there. I still love that Oakland Raider tradition."

Beyond his return to Oakland, Hall is uncerain if will be available to play against the Raiders on Sunday.

He missed the Redskins' last two games due to a sprained knee and he sat out the Wednesday's practice.

"It's all about how his knee responds," head coach Jim Zorn said. "We're working through it. He still doesn't have the lateral movement that we need to see. It's still taking time."

Hall said he wants to feel comfortable with his knee before he goes out on the field.

"I wouldn't say you have to be 100 percent, but you definitely have to be comfortable enough to not think about it or worry about it," Hall said. "It can't be something that's in your head like, 'Man I can't cut.' If you're limited a little bit, that's okay...It can't hinder your mindset. Once that happens, you're done."

For the season, Hall leads the Redskins with four interceptions. He also has 49 tackles and one fumble recovery.


-- ROBINSON SIGNED TO ROSTER, ALRIDGE BACK

The Redskins have promoted offensive tackle William Robinson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Wednesday.

Also, the Redskins have signed running back Anthony Alridge to the practice squad. Alridge is in his third stint with the team this season,

Robinson, 6-5 and 297 pounds, originally signed with the Redskins' practice squad on Sept. 15.

He spent the 2008 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury after signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent out of San Diego State. He started at left tackle during his final two seasons with the Aztecs.

Alridge was on the Redskins' roster for four games earlier this season. He was active but did not play at Detroit on Sept. 27 and was deactivated the next three games.

Alridge, 5-9 and 175 pounds, spent 2009 preseason with the Redskins and totaled 10 rushing attempts for 46 yards and three receptions for 34 yards.

Alridge re-signed with the Redskins on Sept. 22. He was active but did not play at Detroit, and was inactive for three additional regular season games.


-- HAYNESWORTH SITS OUT PRACTICE

Albert Haynesworth sat out practice on Wednesday after he re-aggravated a sprained ankle in last week's game vs. New Orleans.

It's uncertain if Haynesworth will be available for this Sunday's game in Oakland.

"We don't really give him a chance to really heal it up, so we're just going to try to get him to the best position possible," Zorn said. "As he improves hopefully he'll get some reps out here this week. If not, we're still hoping that he can go."

Meantime, Stephon Heyer sat out practice due to a lingering knee injury that requires periodic rest.

"We've been doing this every week with Stephon, just kind of giving him a little break," Zorn said.

Mike Sellers also was sidelined for practice due to a thigh contusion.

Justin Tryon was full-go in Wednesday's practice after missing the Saints game due to a hip injury.


-- THIRD QUARTER'S THE CHARM

Through 12 games this season, Washington has been dominant in the third quarter.

The Redskins have outscored opponents in the third quarter this season by a 69-to-13 margin, a 56-point differential.

The trend continued even against the undefeated New Orleans Saints, the NFC's top team, last week when the Redskins outscored the Saints 10-3 in the third quarter.

The Arizona Cardinals are second with a 72-to-31 scoring margin in the the third quarter, a 41-point differential.

The Redskins have allowed the fewest points in the third quarter with 13.

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