Petrino Says Falcons Plan to Discipline D. Hall

The Atlanta Falcons plan to discipline Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall for a sideline tantrum that followed a series of key penalties during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino said today.

Hall had three penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct for verbal sparring with Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, during Carolina's game-tying touchdown drive in the third quarter, after which Hall had heated sideline exchanges with Petrino and a Falcons assistant coach and had to be restrained by teammates.

"We certainly don't like the actions that took place on the field and do not like the actions that happened on the sideline, and that's something that we'll deal with," Petrino said during a news conference today. "There will be substantial discipline. It will be handled in-house."

Petrino declined to say whether Hall will be fined or suspended. The Falcons, under NFL rules, could suspend him for as many as four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team.

By Mark Maske |  September 24, 2007; 2:02 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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