Friday afternoon surprises are usually awesome, because the best things in the world always happen on Friday. It’s science.

This is when little girls get ponies, retired men finally buy that Harley, and I find out that a local convenience store is offering bulk packages of Hot Rods at half price.

But if you’re a Redskins fan, this Friday’s surprise kind of sucked.

  • That’s because DeAngelo Hall could be hobbled on Sunday against an Eagles wide receiver corps with blazing speed. Hall was added to Washington’s injury today for the first time this week and is listed as questionable after being a limited participant in practice because of a knee injury. Any late-week addition to the injury report is troubling, even if the player in question is still on the field.
  • Friday brought good surprises too, with Jerod Mayo returning to practice for the first time since spraining his MCL. It’s still highly doubtful that he’ll play against the Cowboys, but any Mayo sighting now shows that he’s on track to return after the Patriots’ Week 7 bye.
  • Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower are also questionable for the Redskins, although Cooley says he’s fine. Even a healthy Hightower could begin to lose carries to Ryan Torain, so a knee injury may be making Mike Shanahan’s decision easier.
  • Julius Peppers didn’t practice again on Friday, and he’s now been downgraded to doubtful.
  • Now surprise here either, with LeGarrette Blount also listed as doubtful. Earnest Graham will likely be the primary RB againstĀ a New Orleans run defense that’s giving up 5.2 yards per carry, making him a good fantasy play for those saddled with injuries or bye week problems.
  • Miles Austin says he’s 100 percent healthy.
  • Don’t pay attention to that questionable tag beside BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s name on New England’s injury report. That’s just Bill Belichick using your emotions for his personal amusement. After missing practice yesterday Green-Ellis was running at full speed today.
  • Also filed under items that aren’t surprising are the official announcements for Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs, two Giants who won’t be playing Sunday against Buffalo.
  • A bye week didn’t give Joe Haden’s sprained knee enough rest.
  • Percy Harvin returned to practice, but Antonie Winfield could only jog and do light work with a trainer.
  • Kyle Williams dressed for the Bills’ practice today, and we assume he was wearing football equipment. So that’s good, but we’re not sure if he’ll be wearing his uniform again Sunday since he’s listed as questionable along with linebacker Nick Barnett. Williams will test his injured left foot in warm-ups and will be a game-time decision.