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REDSKINS NOTEBOOK Sparks fly between 'Skins' Hall, Falcons REDSKINS REPORT CARD page 2
Redskins notebook

Date published: 11/9/2009



Hall played his first four NFL seasons with Atlanta but acrimoniously departed from the organization after the 2007 season. Last week, he claimed that Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff lied to him about a contract extension, but he said that he had no problems with Mike Smith.

That has changed.

"When a coach comes over there to put his hands on you in a harmful way, something needs to be done about that," Hall said. "I'm going to call Commissioner Goodell. Ray Anderson used to be with Atlanta. I know him very well from there. He's the vice president [of football operations] over there in the league office. I'll definitely going to be calling some of my friends to figure out what we can do the situation."

betts, cartwright step in for injured portis

Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright helped the Redskins' offense show some life yesterday by combining for 72 rushing yards in relief of injured starter Clinton Portis, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter.

"I think in the second half, you saw our run game take off," head coach Jim Zorn said. "I think that's what really sparked us."

Washington outscored the Falcons 14-3 after halftime.

Betts, who is primarily a third-down back, finished with 15 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown, his best output since he replaced an injured Portis in the starting lineup in 2006.

"I just try to run the way I've always run," Betts said. "Dating back to high school, pee-wee leagues, college, the more runs I get the easier it is for me to get into a rhythm, and that's what was able to happen today."

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