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Hall granted release; McQuarters visits 'Skins

ASHBURN, Va. (May 26, 2005) -- Safety Cory Hall requested and was granted his release from the Washington Redskins only two days after he signed with the team.

Hall attended one offseason practice at Redskins Park before changing his mind about resuming his playing career. He opted not to re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons after being cut in March and had been contemplating retiring to accept an offer to join the Washington State coaching staff.

Hall appeared in 87 games over six seasons with the Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Also, free agent defensive back R.W. McQuarters visited Redskins Park and took a physical, but left without signing. Chicago released McQuarters on May 23.

"I think he's going to consider his options," coach Joe Gibbs said. "We'll see what happens down the road."

The Redskins wrapped up a second week of voluntary offseason practices leading up to a June minicamp. Safety Sean Taylor remains the only unexcused absence, and Gibbs expressed disappointment that Taylor's plight has overshadowed the diligent work of the rest of the roster.

"This is probably one of the best-attended offseasons. He probably doesn't fit into that group right now," Gibbs said. "It's a disappointment. We've got a bunch of guys here working themselves silly and we've got somebody missing. That's not good. That doesn't fit in with what we want."

Gibbs still has not heard from Taylor and is not certain whether he will attend the June 17-19 minicamp.

"I certainly don't consider him a lost cause," Gibbs said. "He's a dynamic player; he's a great player. But this has been a big disappointment for us."

The Associated Press News Service

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