Hall was carted from the practice field to the facility after injuring his back during a one-on-one drill with the receivers. He leapt to break up a pass, hit the ground hard and wound up doing a somersault. As he stood on the sidelines his back bothered him more.
“They carted him off for a dramatic exit,” Gruden said. “He could have walked off and made it a lot easier on me today.”
However, linebacker Darryl Sharpton suffered a high-ankle sprain and could be out a while Gruden said. Sharpton is in a battle for a backup inside linebacker’s position.
Receiver DeSean Jackson sat out practice with his ankle sprain. Gruden said he expected Jackson back “very soon”. Jackson has yet to run full speed since suffering a minor twist of his left ankle against the Patriots in practice Wednesday.
Linebacker Brian Orakpo (quad) did not practice Sunday, but could return Monday. Running back Chris Thompson could miss another five or six days with his ankle sprain. And safety Phillip Thomas remained sidelined with a hamstring issue.
“It’s disappointing,” Gruden said of Thompson’s absence. “He was progressing very well. He needs the reps to do what we’re asking him to do on game day. If he’s not available to get these reps it will hurt his progress. Injuries happen, unfortunately to him more often than not. He has to figure out how to stay healthy. He has to get back on the field, no doubt about it.”