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News & Notes: Hall Makes Impact In a Hurry


DeAngelo Hall does everything fast.

So it's no surprise that he made an instant impact with the Redskins.

In the first quarter of Sunday's game against Dallas at FedExField, Hall picked off a Tony Romo pass to end a Cowboys drive.

Romo's pass was thrown behind wide receiver Terrell Owens and Hall--in his Redskins debut--was there to make the interception.

"It was a superior reaction and catch," head coach Jim Zorn said. "Those are the things we needed in the game to help us. I think our secondary did an outstanding job."

Hall served as a third cornerback to starters Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot. Shawn Springs was inactive due to a calf injury.

It was Hall's fourth interception of the season. He also logged two tackles in a game the Cowboys would go on to win 14-10.

Asked about the interception after the game, Hall said: "It felt good to get it, but at the same time I cam here to get a win. It's about winning the game. It's not about interceptions."

Hall signed with the Redskins on Nov. 8 after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-07 and earned Pro Bowl nods in 2005 and 2006.

On Sunday night, Owens was periodically matched up against Owens. The two have had some high-profile matchups the last few years.

Hall and Owens exchanged some verbal jabs--"A little friendly chatter," Hall called it--but their matchup was not a storyline in the game.

"We just had some back-and-forth," Hall said. "That's part of the competition going on out there. I want to dominate him, he wants to dominate me. His team won the game, though, so he had a little bit more to say."

Hall continues to integrate himself into the Redskins' defense.

It's still uncertain what Hall's role will be once Springs returns, but the Redskins will certainly have unqualified depth at cornerback.

"So far DeAngelo has fit in very well," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "He has been a good teammate. He's paying attention and taking notes.

"When I spoke with him [before he signed with the Redskins], I told him he had an opportunity to come here with a clean slate and who he was he would define once he got here."


Malcolm Kelly is expected to continue practicing this week as he works himself into the Redskins' offense.

Kelly has been sidelined most of the season with a knee injury.

Kelly said he felt healthy enough to play last Sunday against Dallas. Jim Zorn held him out to give him more time to learn the offense.

"Coach Zorn felt like I knew most of the [packages], but there were still some things I had questions on because I missed so much time," Kelly said. "He didn't want to put me out there knowing that I didn't know everything.

"This week is a different focus. Now I've been through a whole week of practice and I didn't have any problems with my knee. I can put all my focus on making sure I have everything down."

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