Tag:Albert Haynesworth
Posted on: August 7, 2010 8:19 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 9:34 am
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Haynesworth accomplishes the unthinkable

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This might be an even bigger upset than Tyson Gay beating Usain Bolt in the 100 meters. David vs. Goliath has nothing on this. Buster Douglas who?

Yes, Albert Haynesworth passed his conditioning test today. This, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Washington Post .

A source today the Washington Post's Jason Reid this morning that Haynesworth will participate in his first full-go practice this afternoon.

You probably haven't forgotten since we've been covering this story every day, but Haynesworth failed the first two conditioning tests he took during training camp. Then, citing his swelling knee, he didn't participate in the test - and subsequenty in Redskins practice - for about a week. Then, he had an MRI on his knee, which was fine. Then, he tried again today. And he passed.

Haynesworth had to complete the two 300-yard shuttle runs in a time of 70 seconds for the first and 73 for the second with a short break in between. According to Reid, Haynesworth recorded times of 66 seconds for the first and 70 for the second.

From Reid's story:

Haynesworth, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and strength coach Ray Wright appeared pleased as they walked off the field together. Asked how Haynesworth fared on the sprints Saturday morning, Wright responded, "Good run." Haslett, who has been prohibited by team officials from speaking with the media until Haynesworth passes the test, gave two thumbs up before entering the complex's main building.

Seriously, I'm glad this topic of conversation will be finished. I did two radio interviews Friday - one in New Orleans and one in Cincinnati - and the topic was raised on both shows. And this is a story that's been going on for two weeks. I'm sure, though, Haynesworth is the one who's most relieved.



Posted on: August 6, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Redskins becoming 'frustrated' with Haynesworth?

Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth's decision to either skip or fail his conditioning test has been quite public. As such, anyone with any sort of medium has expressed a certain degree of irritation with Haynesworth's decision not to take care of his business and get to the practices.

Except the actual members of the Redskins, anyway (Mike Shanahan, excepted, of course). Turns out, though, that members of the team are getting a little "irritated" and "frustrated" with the DT's behavior.

Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that the "feeling of many at Redskins Park is that the two-time all-pro should have already passed the test." Additionally, team officials, according to Reid's sources, "do not believe that [Haynesworth's] pain rises to a level that would prevent him from passing the test ..."

Reid adds that one source points out that Haynesworth "was flying" during his treadmill work on Thursday, which, coupled with the positive MRI result, hasn't gone a long way towards making anyone feel sympathetic with the DT.

Long story short: Mike Shanahan may have cheesed some people off with the way he's treated Haynesworth, and he may have received his fair share of criticism, but the bottom line is that he read this situation 100% correctly, and that the longer Haynesworth goes without passing the test, the more he'll alienate himself from the rest of the organization.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:07 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 9:21 am
 

Haynesworth misses conditioning test (again)

Posted by Will Brinson

You'll never believe this, but Albert Haynesworth missed his conditioning test Friday morning , the eighth (I think it's eight -- it feels like eighty) straight day that he has fought Brett Favre for overaggressive Sportscenter coverage either not taken or not passed it.

Today's news seems less disturbing if you're a Redskins fan, but only because yesterday Haynesworth had an MRI on his knee that was just a "preventative measure" and which came back clean Thursday .

At this point, Haynesworth's inability to pass the conditioning test is just plain frustrating -- he comes across like the chunky kid on your youth sports team that can't run sprints because "his knee hurts too much." (Yes, everyone knows that if his knee actually hurts it's only because he's chunky and it's more likely that he's using the knee to get out of running.)

Unfortunately, Mike Shanahan decided several days ago that he was drawing a line in the proverbial sand and that Haynesworth -- if he wants to practice -- WILL pass that test.

To recap: during the first two days of training camp, Haynesworth failed the test. Then, Monday, he started taking the test and the knee acted up. We've been in a holding pattern since then.

Mike Shanahan is expected to speak to the media later, so we'll keep you updated.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 7:29 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:29 pm
 

Albert Haynesworth's MRI comes back clean

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This, according to Washington Post beat writer Jason Reid's Twitter account .

Which means Haynesworth has no structural damage to his knee. Which means he still will have to pass that dadgummed conditioning test. Which means that coach Mike Shanahan is still winning. Which means, at this point, Haynesworth is still screwed. Except for all that guaranteed money he gets to keep.





Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Haynesworth to have MRI on knee

Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth has gone -- by rough approximation -- 0-3-11 on his conditioning tests (I'll quite generously give him a "tie" for "not showing up") during Redskins' training camp.

He's got a new test coming up though, and it's one that could be immensely more awkward if he fails: an MRI. 'Skins coach Mike Shanahan alerted the press to the news at the end of Thursday morning's practice.

"We're giving him an MRI today because his knee has been a little bit sore, more sore than it has been in the past," Shanahan said. "In the past, every third or fourth day it'd be a little sore, according to the trainers. But now it's been a couple days consistently sore...We're going to MRI it, see if he's okay and then we'll go through the rehab work to get it stronger."

Shanny's got an interesting out-clause of sorts here, too, in that he could theoretically let Haynesworth bypass the conditioning test should the MRI come back with bad news. Don't worry, though, he won't use it.

"I've got all the stats in there, how many games he played where he didn't practice throughout the whole week," Shanahan said. "If you don't practice, you're not going to play well. ... My job is to make sure he can play the best once we start our season, and that's to get him in football shape. We'll make sure when he is ready to go, he can go full speed."

In other words, if Albert thought that by being a slacker he was going to eventually get a free pass, well, that was a waste of his time.

Worth noting: Idea of the day goes to Dan Steinberg of the Bog , who suggested that every single Washington, D.C., area television reporter go out and get their own MRI, so that they can compare it the results of Haynesworth's test.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:21 am
Edited on: August 4, 2010 9:34 am
 

No tests in Haynesworth's immediate future

Let’s just get this one out of the way early today, shall we? Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth didn’t take his conditioning test again today, and according to the Washington Post , he’s not planning to run again until his knee is feeling better.

From Jason Reid:

The Redskins medical and training staff has advised Haynesworth to continue to receive treatment on the knee in hopes of recovering well. The Pro Bowlers' knee became irritated, in part, because of his effort during multiple attempts at the test - two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs - early in training camp. And with the rain Wednesday, the Redskins do not want to risk Haynesworth, whom they have already paid $32 million, potentially further aggravating his knee while running on wet fields.

If Haynesworth doesn’t practice today – and he can’t practice until he passes – he’d miss his 11th and 12th team workouts of training camp. He has been working with his defensive coaches after practice.

(UPDATE 9:30 a.m.): Post columnist Sally Jenkins weighs in as well, saying coach Mike Shanahan is testing Haynesworth's loyalty to the club

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:22 am
 

Here's your Albert Haynesworth (non-)update

And once again, Albert Haynesworth’s sore knee has kept him from trying that now infamous conditioning test today.

Other than that, I don’t have much of an update on Washington's $100 million man. But I thought it should be pointed out nonetheless.

For the record, this is day No. 6 of the Albert watch. How long will this stretch out? Maybe we should start a pool or something.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:38 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 11:37 am
 

Some perspective on how pathetic Haynesworth is

You know that super challenging conditioning test that Mike Shanahan is subjecting poor Albert Haynesworth to? People all over the country are giving it a whirl – and a large chunk of those people are passing. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg takes a quick look at this (and Steinberg has YouTube footage to back up his claims):

The best attempt yet, though, was pulled off by veteran magazine writer James Fallows of The Atlantic. Fallows reported that he "just barely made it, in both the first and second passes, but I did meet the time standards." Also, he's 61 years old.

ESPN’s Mike Golic will be attempting the test on NFL Live today. Golic is in his late 40s and has been out of football since 1994.

The test is two 300-yard runs, broken down into 25-yard segments (in other words, run 25 yards back and forth six times). The first run must be completed within 71 seconds. After a two minute break, the second run must be completed within 73 seconds. Haynesworth failed the test Thursday and Friday, and then took the weekend off to nurse a sore knee and tired legs.

UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Haynesworth missed Monday morning's conditioning test due to his sore knee. Thus, he will miss at least two more practices.

--Andy Benoit

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