DeAngelo Hall had never experienced an injury which required so much rehabilitation before, but since going down with a ruptured Achilles tendon Week 3 last season, and then reinjuring it again just a few weeks later, that's exactly what he's been doing over the last few months.
While he's able to put weight on his leg again, Hall learned early on that when it comes to rehabbing, "the biggest thing is to just be patient."
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That's not the easiest thing to do when you're a competitor.
"I'm a guy who wants to be out there on the field, who wants to compete, who wants to get better," he told Redskins.com. "For me, the last three or four months prior to four or five weeks ago I was not weight-bearing. So, I had to ride around on the scooter, hop around with a boot on. So, it's been nice to be able to walk with shoes on, go through some of the movements I'll be doing on the field."
Hall said there's really no specific timetable for both his rehab and his return to the field, but he's going to see his doctor again soon for another checkup.
"I'll see the doctor in about three weeks for a five-month checkup," he said. "From there, I'll start to get a better feel for the next couple of months – when can I get on the field, when do you think I'll be able to be full-go. Obviously, it's all predicated on how my body responds to each step of that rehab. But, I feel good."
A face of the Redskins' defense for quite some time now, some may think that at 31 years old returning from a pretty serious injury, Hall may never be the same player who has earned three Pro Bowl appearances.
But the doubt just fuels the Virginia Tech product's fire.
"I'm focused, man," he said. "I'm ready to go, ready to compete, ready to prove everyone wrong who thinks I can't come back."
During the 2013 season, arguably the best of his career, Hall recorded a career-high three touchdowns en route to being named the Sam Huff Redskins Defensive Player of the Year.
He believes he can be that same game changer again once he's fully healthy.
"Everybody was saying that was probably the best of my career at 10 years in," he said. "I still feel like I got that, and in 2014 I was off to a good start and to get hurt Week 3, was definitely frustrating, but I still feel like I can still do it. I know I can still play, I know I still want to play, I know there's still a lot of plays out there for me to make – make those plays, help our team win games and eventually a Super Bowl."