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Hall causes more drama in Atlanta return

Photo: Kevin Hinton. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (facing camera) gets involved in a sideline scuffle with Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall (23) after LaRon Landry (30) was called for a late hit on quarterback Matt Ryan.

Photo: Kevin Hinton. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (facing camera) gets involved in a sideline scuffle with Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall (23) after LaRon Landry (30) was called for a late hit on quarterback Matt Ryan.

ATLANTA -- Already having been booed lustily by Falcons fans in his return to the Georgia Dome, DeAngelo Hall burned more bridges later Sunday.

If his problem wasn't with Falcons coach Mike Smith before, it is now. Hall was involved in a second-quarter altercation in front of the Atlanta bench after LaRon Landry's hit on Matt Ryan out of bounds and took plenty of verbal swipes at Smith following the Redskins' 31-17 loss.

The cornerback accused the Atlanta coach of "putting his hand on me in a harmful way" and said he planned to call NFL commission Roger Goodell to complain about what happened.

The NFL confirmed on Monday that it was reviewing the incident. Fines are likely.

"It's different when a coach comes over to break guys up," Hall said. "When a coach puts his hands on you and says that he is going to kick your (butt), that's different.

"I stay in Atlanta in the offseason. So if Mike Smith wants to see me, he can definitely find me. We'll save that for another day."

Smith claimed he didn't even know that it was Hall who was part of the melee.

"All I was trying to do was restore order ...," Smith said. "It was very, very hectic. ... I can't tell you who was on that sideline."

Hall, often referred to as "MeHall" by Atlanta fans because of his perceived selfishness, was traded to Oakland before the 2008 season and has generally been on his best behavior since joining the Redskins.

But he'll be the center of controversy again after verbally taking on the Atlanta coach. He had already made known his hard feelings toward general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

"I can't wait for people to see the replays," Hall said. "Something needs to be done about (what he did). ... I went over just to try to pull my guy away."

Evenually, it was an official who pulled Hall out of the scrum.

"I knew DeAngelo was over there and that was a bad place for him to be," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

Hall claimed that Falcons strength coach Jeff Fish shoved him, as well as Smith.

"There were a bunch of guys on that sideline," Smith said. "Some of them were wearing black helmets and some of them were wearing maroon helmets. I can't tell you anything more about it. ... There were a lot of things going on and my main goal was for the safety of our football team and restoring order."

Calm afterwards, Smith was at his fiery best during the incident. No one could miss that.

"When Smitty pokes that lip out, you know that he is pretty heated," center Todd McClure said. "He's got out backs and we have his."