ASHBURN, Va. -- So we made it from Bethlehem, Pa., to Redskins camp in record time (four hours), only to find out that practice had been canceled due to lightning and tornado warnings in the area. I did see cornerback DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Rocky McIntosh hanging out in the public relations area, but they were off limits at that point. I'm sure the Skins' P.R. staff wanted to ask Hall abouthis comments regarding Roger Goodell's visit to Redskins Park on Monday.
"He's walking around kissing babies, you know, shaking hands, and he just wants to say that the owners are over here, the players are over here and I'm in the middle, I'm for the game," said Hall of Goodell. "But to ask him a question about anything, he couldn't answer.
"He couldn't answer this, go check with this, go ask these people, I don't really know. It was a waste of time. We sat there and shot questions at him for 45 minutes, and pushed meetings back and had to be here longer for nothing. A total waste of time."
As far as I know, the Redskins are the only team that encourages infants to attend Goodell's Q&A sessions. I'm sure the Redskins would prefer that Hall be a bit more diplomatic with his comments, but the man's entitled to his opinion. Players can be fined by the league for criticizing officials, but I'm not aware of any rule forbidding complaints that the commissioner is throwing them off schedule.
I was in Eagles camp when Goodell arrived on campus and most of the players seemed to appreciate his little talk. Here's hoping that the Commish will respond to Hall via Twitter this evening. So far, he's simply kept us informed of John Madden's friendly encounters with fans at rest stops across the Northeast.
In other news, Jason Reid of the Post is reporting that an MRI revealed that Albert Haynesworth didn't have any structural damage in his irritated knee. Until further notice, the defensive tackle will continue working out on the side while trying to keep his baseball cap from blowing away.