- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2014

RICHMOND — A day after landing awkwardly on his back and leaving practice in the back of a cart, DeAngelo Hall returned to the Redskins’ practice field Monday morning.

Hall injured his back on Sunday while defending a pass during an red-zone drill. He said his back “locked up” on him to the point that he couldn’t walk. He went from the cart to a wheelchair, and from the wheelchair to crutches.

But after a day of treatment, Hall was walking again Monday morning. He participated in individual drills and a team walkthrough but watched the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portions of practice from deep in the defensive backfield. It wasn’t a heavy workload, but it was significant compared to where he was just 12 hours before.

“I was joking with coaches — I’m 100 times better than I was yesterday, so yeah, that’s doing something,” Hall said. “I went from couldn’t walk, couldn’t put pressure on my leg to, you know, running around. I don’t see this as being anything serious at all.”

The Redskins’ No. 1 cornerback has had back spasms in the past and said Sunday’s episode was “probably one of the worst that I’ve had.” He felt like his back couldn’t support the weight of his leg, hence the need for the cart. The training staff concentrated on the soft tissue in his back during several hours of treatment.

Hall woke up Monday and felt healthy enough to attend practice, despite the trainers’ reservations.

“They didn’t want me to go out here,” Hall said. “But I was like, ‘No, I’m going to go ahead, do some individual drills, kind of move around a little bit.’ And I was able to do that. A little bit of pain, but like I said, night and day difference from yesterday.”

Jordan Reed also was expected to return to practice Monday, but he vomited on the way to the team’s practice facility. The tight end has missed the past three days of practice with what coach Jay Gruden first described as “a 24-hour bug.”

Reed has a history of concussions, having sustained two in college and a third at the end of his rookie season. Gruden said the 24-year-old’s current illness is simply a stomach-bug, unrelated to previous head injuries.

“I don’t know what it is,” Gruden said. “We’ll just continue to do more tests, make sure he’s OK. We thought it was just a little flu-symptom-type thing, but it’s lasted a lot longer than we thought. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

Several other key pieces returned to practice Monday. Brian Orakpo, who sat out Sunday’s practice with what coach Jay Gruden called a thigh contusion, was a full participant. Pierre Garcon, rookie running back Lache Seastrunk (foot) and Ryan Clark (hamstring) also returned.

Meanwhile, linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle), tight end Mike Caussin (knee), running back Silas Redd (ankle), running back Chris Thompson (hamstring), and safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring) remained out. Linebacker Gabe Miller missed practice with an unknown ailment.

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