The Washington Redskins will take the field Sunday against the Raiders without their interception leader — who just so happens to be DeAngelo Hall.
Hall has a sprained right knee and back spasms. He also has a history with the Raiders, recent and brief.
The Raiders traded two draft picks to Atlanta — including a second-rounder — before the 2008 season to get Hall. Eight games into the season, they cut him.
"They told me it was salary-cap issues," Hall told the Washington media Wednesday. "Coach (Tom) Cable made the statement that they had someone better behind (me). I took a little offense to that."
Chris Johnson replaced Hall in the Raiders secondary and started the final eight games. Hall caught on with the Redskins, for whom he has four interceptions this season. He disputes the notion that he isn't cut out for the Raiders' style of defense.
"You can't play man-to-man every single play," Hall said. "That's tough, especially when you have teams that know what you're doing. "... It definitely wasn't my forte to go out there and play that particular style, but I feel I can play man pretty well."
The Raiders envisioned Hall teaming with Nnamdi Asomugha to give Oakland the top corner tandem in the league.
"We had all the hoopla that went into the signing of DeAngelo and what was to become of the tandem of the two of us, and then Week 8, he's gone," Asomugha said. "There was definite shock around the league, not just me. My teammates, everybody. You go from one of the biggest (acquisitions) of the offseason to being cut after Week 8, that's going to be a big deal.
"It looks like it worked out the best for him, and we've moved on and have been able to play well since, too."
The Raiders beat Kansas City on the road Sept. 20, then lost to visiting Denver a week later. A month later, they followed a home victory over Philadelphia with a 38-0 loss to the visiting New York Jets. A home win over Cincinnati on Nov. 22 preceded a 24-7 loss at Dallas four days later.
"It's kind of been our Achilles' heel around here for a while," punter Shane Lechler said Wednesday. "You win one and then a total letdown. We're trying to figure out that process of how to win two (straight) and get something going here a little bit."