Tag:Albert Haynesworth
Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:00 am

Shanny says: no practice, no play for Haynesworth

Posted by Will Brinson

Running through a quick mental checklist of a standard preseason NFL blogging shift (two Jets posts, five Favre posts, etc) I realized I'd forgotten something: Albert Haynesworth!

Fortunately for me, there's been an update on his previously reported condition of rhabdomyolysis .

Mike Shanahan, in an interview with FanHouse's Thomas George , stated that he is "not aware" of that medical condition. More importantly, he says that if Haynesworth doesn't practice, he won't play.

"One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing,'' Shanahan said. "That will not happen under this regime. If he's going to play, he's going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over. And that, to me, says it all."

So, once again, we have a situation where a) Haynesworth is being potentially petulant and b) Shanny is taking a hard-line stance.

It's not hard to guess who'll win this battle (again), and it's also not hard to fault anyone for siding with the somewhat grating Redskins coach here: Haynesworth gets paid like a superstar and acts like a toddler; it's just frustrating to watch unfold.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 2:20 pm

Haynesworth's suffering could be serious

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This Albert Haynesworth situation certainly continues to stay interesting.

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting a league source has told him the Redskins DL could be suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream which could result in kidney damage.

According to Google Health , symptoms include general weakness, muscle aching and tenderness, nausea and vomiting.

If that’s true, that’s probably why Haynesworth was so pissed while talking to reporters following Saturday night’s preseason game. You’ll recall here that Haynesworth was very snarky after the game, saying “I was told I had headaches or whatever and that's why I couldn't go out and practice. It was a little bit more than that, but they didn't want to expose that.”

Obviously, Haynesworth’s condition wasn’t bad enough to keep him from playing in the second half of Saturday’s game. But you also have to wonder: did coach Mike Shanahan not reveal this possible diagnosis in order to question Haynesworth’s toughness or because it was a private medical issue? Why didn’t Haynesworth say something to the media last week? Is this a career-threatening condition? What’s the next piece of news to come out regarding Haynesworth/Shanahan?

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 12:13 am

Haynesworth is not very happy

Haynesworth had some interesting things to say after the game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just when you thought it was safe to stop talking about Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth, he provided quite a show in the postgame news conference following Washington’s preseason loss to Baltimore.

Click the link to read the transcript provided by the Washington Examiner’s John Keim.

By the way, the interview went 1 minute, 26 seconds before a Redskins official cut off the presser.

My favorite part(s):

On why the Redskins would say Haynesworth was suffering from headaches when, in fact, his diagnosis was more complex than that (according to Haynesworth, of course):

“I don't know, but I guess to make themselves look good, make me look bad for not going to their offseason conditioning program. Next year I'm not coming either. I'll be with my trainer again and I'll get back in the same shape I'm in and feel good about myself.”

On how he felt playing Saturday night:

“It was all right; third quarter, ninth-year pro, I don't think I should have been out in the third quarter but for having headaches, that's what they wanted to do.”

But before you go and start feeling all sorry for Haynesworth, check out this point from Keim on his Twitter feed : “Albert doesn't talk during week; then gets mad at team for not saying all that was wrong with him. Hmm; how could this have been resolved?”

Anybody have a guess whether Haynesworth will be with the Redskins during the season? I’d say probably, but obviously, nobody is happy with anybody else.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 2:37 pm

Haynesworth wants to play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to the Washington Post , Albert Haynesworth wants to play in Saturday’s preseason game against Baltimore.

Haynesworth hasn’t practiced the past few days, because he hasn’t felt well due to heat exhaustion. But apparently he’s feeling better, and he sounds determined to play in the second half vs. the Ravens.

He’s expected to work as a nose tackle and a defensive end.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:31 am

Haynesworth changes tune about 3-4 NT role

Posted by Andy Benoit

Could the 3-4 nose tackle position actually be growing on Albert Haynesworth? The mega-millionaire sounded a lot less disgruntled (or is it “a lot more gruntled”?) after his preseason debut against the Bills Saturday night. A. Haynesworth

Haynesworth, who worked as the second-string nose tackle, talked about the scheme with reporters after the game. "It's different, but I like it,” he said “It's something I've got to get used to, but other than that, it's going to be a good defense.”

It’s possible – though not likely – that the Redskins could use Haynesworth at the defensive end position in 2010. It could depend on how Ma’ake Kemoeatu performs. Kemoeatu is coming of a serious Achilles injury but earned the starting nod Saturday night.

Also worth noting is that, regardless of whether he plays nose tackle or end, Haynesworth will be used as a bull-rusher on a four-man line in obvious passing situations.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:51 pm

Haynesworth not starting tonight

Posted by Andy Benoit

No surprise here -- the Washington Redskins defense just took the field without Albert Haynesworth. The perpetually-disgruntled defensive lineman will come off the bench against the Bills tonight. Thus, the Redskins home crowd will have a chance to unleash a cascade of boos.

It was uplifting to see that Ma'ake Kemoeatu was Washington's starting nose tackle. The veteran is coming off a very messy Achilles injury. If Kemoeatu plays well this preseason, Haynesworth could wind up at defensive end (his preferred spot in this 3-4 scheme).

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:09 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 11:11 am

Warren Sapp rips Albert Haynesworth apart on NFLN

Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth's performance in the Redskins' new defense will be highly scrutinized during the 2010 season. That's to be expected though, after the conditioning test debacle and the $21 million roster bonus he took from the team.

But as our buddy Doug Farrar noted at Shutdown Corner last night , it's not too early to start shredding through Big Al's performance. Warren Sapp started the process by taking a detailed look at how Haynesworth played at the beginning of the 2009 Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Cowboys, and the results are, ahem, a touch disappointing. (Haynesworth's anyway; Sapp is a virtuoso in the clip below.)

Remember: This is the first six plays of the game , a time when Haynesworth should -- even if he was in horrible shape -- be dominating. It's an embarrassing little run of plays in which Haynesworth knocked off his feet, double teamed into being uber-lazy and eventually fooled by a play-action counter that results in a touchdown for the Cowboys.

Sapp knows a thing or two about playing on the defensive line, and while he's been known to be mouthy in the past, it's pretty difficult to discount what he's pointing out here: Albert Haynesworth lacks sufficient motivation to succeed without having piles of dollar Bills dangled in his face.

Maybe that changes this year under Mike Shanahan, but raising expectations for a guy with his history is a dangerous game for fans and coaches alike.

Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:18 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 2:31 pm

Haynesworth likely won't talk

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re wondering what Albert Haynesworth will have to say about finally passing his conditioning test, you might be left in the dark today.

Though the Redskins PR staff had planned to put him in front of reporters after today’s practice, the Washington Post is reporting that he’s not going to talk.

So, until he makes a comment – or comes up lame in practice, which at this point shouldn’t surprise anybody – I’m going to put this story to bed for today.

(UPDATE 2:29 P.M.): OK, Haynesworth very briefly talked. According to the Twitter page of Baltimore Sun writer Rick Maese , Haynesworth said, "Test is over, and now it's back to football." Then, he thanked the fans for their support. He did not take questions.

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