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Santana Moss’ return a welcome sight for Redskins’ offense

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Washington Redskins' depleted offense is about to get one of its key players back.

Receiver Santana Moss returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past four weeks with a broken left hand. He fully participated in the session and is expected to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I feel like my hand is ready," Moss said on his way off the practice field Wednesday.

Moss had pins removed from his hand last Monday and soon started catching passes as part of his recovery.

"I'm big on not trying to get everybody too crazy and getting their hopes up too high," he said. "I just want to go out there and take today to see where I'm at and then tomorrow progress even more. But from the standpoint of just catching and running around, everything was pretty normal."

Moss broke his hand when he fell on it while trying to catch a low pass against Carolina on Oct. 23. He had surgery and missed four games. His absence contributed to a major offensive slump that serves as the main cause of the Redskins' six-game losing streak.

Moss has 301 yards and two touchdowns on 25 catches this season.

"It feels great to have him back," coach Mike Shanahan said. "The hand didn't seem to bother him. He was catching the ball well coming in and out of the breaks. He looked pretty good."

Hall gets support from around league

DeAngelo Hall said he heard this week from a group of NFL stars — in addition to his mother — who were concerned about him because he publicly berated himself after giving up a 26-yard third-down conversion on third-and-15 on Dallas' game-winning field goal drive Sunday.

Hall after the game said: "The way I'm playing right now, they need to go cut me because I'm definitely not worth what I'm getting."

He reiterated that Wednesday but said he has moved on from his failure. A group of players including Ray Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald, Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Ochocinco contacted him this week to offer support, Hall said.

"People think I'm on suicide watch," he said. "I'm perfectly fine; still swagged out, still feel like I'm one of the best in the game. I haven't had a lot of chances to make plays, and when the chance presents itself, I want to be able to make it, so to not make it is definitely been kind of frustrating for us."

Hall has only one interception this season. He believes it's possible under specific circumstances to have a successful season with a low interception total.

"With wins, absolutely," he said. "I think anybody can sit back and not catch a ball and if you win feel good about it. But if you're losing, you're like 'What the hell is going on?' "

He made the Pro Bowl last season with six interceptions, four of which came in one game against Chicago.

"I don't know if this defense is built for a corner to go out here and get eight or nine picks," he said. "It's built to stop the deep ball and kind of manage the game. Outside linebackers get a lot of sacks. They're kind of the primary guys in this defense and the strong safety. I don't get a ton of opportunities."

Hall has been a force in run defense, though. He is averaging 7.6 tackles per game according to Redskins coaches' totals, up from 7.0 last season.

Extra points

• Kicker Graham Gano has missed four of his past eight field goal attempts. Coach Mike Shanahan was asked if Gano is fighting for his job this week.

"Yes," he said. "I think that's the pressure of everybody having a good game or a bad game. That just goes with the territory." ...

• Strong safety LaRon Landry (Achilles tendon) fully participated in practice, which means he is expected to play Sunday. Linebacker Keyaron Fox (staph infection) also fully participated.

• Linebacker London Fletcher (left ankle) and receiver Niles Paul (sprained toe) did not practice.

• Offensive linemen Trent Williams (left knee), Jammal Brown (left groin), Sean Locklear (ankle), Maurice Hurt (knee) were limited in practice. So were cornerback Josh Wilson (hamstring) and safety DeJon Gomes (knee).

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