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Redskins’ Jim Haslett backs DeAngelo Hall
Cornerback says he’ll aim for Romo’s rib
“Well, you think about it: He’s not allowed to hit him in the head. And he can’t hit him below the knees. So he’s only got one place you can hit him,” Haslett said. “It’s such a shame he’s hurt.”
Haslett quipped when asked to respond to what Hall said Wednesday. Romo suffered a fractured rib and punctured lung when he was hit during Dallas’ overtime win over San Francisco last Sunday. He left the game but ultimately returned to engineer the victory.
Hall said: “I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever is hurting, Romo’s ribs. I’m gonna be asking for some corner blitzes.”
“I think [Hall] was joking more than anything,” Haslett said. “He was kind of chuckling about it, but realistically it’s the only place you really can hit a quarterback now. I know Romo. He’s a tough guy. He’s a tough-minded guy, so he’ll be ready to roll.”
Hall’s comments prompted a popular line of questioning in the Cowboys locker room on Thursday.
Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree, a University of Virginia product, attributed Hall’s statement to his Blacksburg roots.
“I’ll try to put us in position where we can get off the field as much as we can,” he said. “Obviously, we’ll have to plan for guys who are playing and not playing, and you have to adjust as the game goes on, but I’m not worried about those type of things.”
Romo did not practice on Thursday. In case he plays, the Cowboys have fitted him for a protective vest that contains Kevlar, a material used in bulletproof vests.
Grossman going batty?
Six of Rex Grossman’s 43 passes last Sunday against Arizona were batted down near the line of scrimmage. He’s not overly-concerned about it, though.
“It’s almost like they were dropping eight into coverage at times when they would try to rush and they wouldn’t instantly win and they’d back up and try to time it up,” Grossman said. “Six-foot-eight defensive tackles with long arms right in front of the checkdown, what are you going to do? In my opinion, you’d have to be 7-foot to throw over that.”
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