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News & Notes: No Kick For Hall

By Gary Fitzgerald


October 30, 2005

Redskins kicker John Hall returned to action on Sunday in the stadium that he played for six seasons. But on a windy afternoon at Giants Stadium, it turned out that he was not even needed.

With punter Derrick Frost performing kickoffs, Hall did not get on the field in Sunday's 36-0 loss to the New York Giants. Frost kicked off only once: the beginning of the game.

John Hall during pre-game. (Gary Fitzgerald Photo)

Even so, it was the first time Hall was available to kick since Week 1, when he kicked three field goals to help beat the Chicago Bears 9-7. In that game, he suffered a quad injury that sidelined him for six weeks.

Nick Novak, the rookie kicker out of Maryland, was among the team's inactive players. It's expected that coaches will wait until next week to decide whether to keep Novak on the roster or release him.

Regarding Novak, head coach Joe Gibbs said: "We have a number of options there."

Hall was on the field during pre-game and showed coaches that he was fully healthy. He connected on his field goals and also boomed kickoffs downfield.

Hall kicked at the stadium as a member of the Jets from 1997-2002. He signed with the Redskins prior to the 2003 season, but the last two years he has battled through quad injuries.

Also among the Redskins' inactive players for Sunday's game: defensive linemen Nic Clemons, Cedric Killings and Aki Jones, running back Nehemiah Broughton, offensive lineman Jim Molinaro, cornerback Dimitri Patterson.

The Redskins' third quarterback was Jason Campbell.

For the Giants, the following players were inactive: cornerback Will Peterson, linebacker Carlos Emmons, guard Rich Seubert, wide receiver David Tyree and defensive linemen Eric Moore, Adrian Awasom and Damane Duckett.

A pair of second-year players replaced Peterson and Emmons in the starting lineup. Curtis DeLoatch was expected to start in place of Peterson and Reggie Torbor was expected to start in place of Emmons.

The Giants' third quarterback was Jared Lorenzen.


The Giants honored late owner Wellington Mara in a pre-game ceremony that included a moment of silence. At halftime, a video display highlighting Mara's many accomplishments was shown at the stadium.

On the Redskins' plane trip to New York, Redskins great Sam Huff, who also played for the Giants and Mara in the 1950s and early '60s, was full of stories about playing for Mara.

Current Redskins players and coaches who played for Mara and the Giants included defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker, safeties Omar Stoutmire and Ryan Clark and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin.

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