By Edward Lee
4:30 PM EST, December 5, 2012
ASHBURN, Va. – DeAngelo Hall hurt his ankle enough that he had to use crutches to make an appearance on a Washington, D.C. radio show Tuesday. Still, the Washington Redskins cornerback vowed that he would not sit out Sunday’s home contest against the Ravens.
“I feel all right,” Hall said after Wednesday’s practice at the team's training facilty. “And like I said, there’s no way I’m not playing this game. So it’s a non-story.”
Hall’s availability is significant for Washington, which lost the services of nickel back Cedric Griffin after he was suspended for four games Tuesday for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
With Hall and former Raven Josh Wilson slated as starters, the team must decide between D.J. Johnson, Jerome Murphy or Richard Crawford as the nickel back.
Johnson has been active for the Redskins’ last three games, but has finished with just one tackle. Crawford, a seventh-round pick in April, has been inactive for the last five contests, and Murphy has yet to suit up for the team.
Hall said the secondary will miss the presence of Griffin, who had broken up seven passes and forced two fumbles. But he said the onus will be on the remaining players to fill the void.
“The show must go on,” Hall said. “Nobody in this locker room has anything to do with [Griffin’s suspension]. Whether it’s an injury or some other circumstances, we have no way to control it. We’ve still got to go out there and keep playing. The next man has to step up and when his number’s called, be able to go out there and make a play for us. We’re looking forward to getting Crawford back out there on the field and a couple of the other young guys out there, and we’re ready to go to battle.”
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