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Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:15 am
 

Another day on the sideline for Haynesworth

A. Haynesworth will attempt to take the conditioning test Monday (Getty). The Albert Haynesworth will-he-or-won’t-he-pass-a-conditioning-test
watch will extend into Monday at least. Jason Reid of the Washington Post writes this morning that Haynesworth will rest his injured knee again today and try to pass the test on the Redskins’ fifth day of training camp.

Or, perhaps not.

From the Post:

One source said, however, said that Haynesworth could change his mind and insist on being retested before Sunday's morning practice. But the source also described such a scenario as being unlikely.

Haynesworth's knee was swollen when he arrived at Redskins Park on Saturday, prompting team medical personnel to recommend treatment and rest before he again attempts to complete two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs. Coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins' top football official, will not permit Haynesworth, who skipped all but one day of Shanahan's first offseason conditioning program, to practice until he passes the test
.

Haynesworth has said he’s ready to end the “B.S.” and just wants to get on the football field. But until he satisfies Shanahan, he’ll be relegated to the sidelines.

(UPDATE 10:05 A.M.): According to Reid, Haynesworth did not take the conditioning test. But in an interesting move, Reid also reports that Haynesworth has been working with the defensive coaches at the right DE position and not at NT. The thought of playing NT in Washington's new 3-4 defense, of course, was what started this whole mess in the first place.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Haynesworth delaying latest conditioning test

Jason Reid of the Washington Post has done an excellent job keeping everyone abreast on the latest with each Albert Haynesworth conditioning test. Reid writes that, after failing is first two tests, Haynesworth will not be taking the test today. Thus, the defensive tackle will miss his third day of practice.

He is expected to tackle the test again Sunday. Coaches had said Friday that Haynesworth would take his third crack at the test on Saturday morning, but coaches and team officials were apparently privy to the decision to wait until Sunday.

Haynesworth did make a brief appearance at practice, taking the field with a jersey but no helmet or pads. He stayed about 10 minutes, did not partake in any drills, but watched his fellow linemen and conferred with line coach Jacob Burney.

Though he's missed the team's first three practices, Haynesworth had worked with coaches on the far practice field following each practice.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels said Friday that the sprinting drill, which consists of two 300-yard shuttle runs, becomes increasingly difficult the more consecutive days a player attempts to run it. But Ray Wright, the Redskins' strength and conditioning coach, disputed that assertion.

"There's a pace you have to have, a certain tempo each 25 yards, and I expect him to pass it pretty soon," Wright said on Friday.

UPDATE: Haynesworth is reportedly experiencing swelling in his knee.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Haynesworth: 'I'm tired of this BS'

Albert Haynesworth failed his second conditioning test on Friday morning -- after failing a test on Thursday as well -- and is quickly becoming the biggest NFL training camp storyline . (Brett Favre is likely not pleased.)

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan had some pointed comments on Thursday night , but he wasn't alone. Haynesworth told NBC4 in DC , "I'm tired of this B.S., I just want to get on the field and play football."

The good (?) news for Haynesworth is that he'll get a THIRD shot to pass the test on Saturday, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post .

Reid also notes two more things of interest: 1) Haynesworth must complete two 300-yard shuttle runs, according to sources, in under 71 seconds and 2) some players have "privately expressed concern" that Shanahan is simply trying to make an example out of Haynesworth.

If that's the case, it's certainly working.

Update (11:58): Washington made strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright available to the media. He confirmed that the test is indeed two 300-yard shuttle runs. The first must be completed in 70 seconds or less, and is followed by a two minute break, with a second 300-yard run that must be completed in 70-73 seconds. He also added, according to the WaPo 's Rick Maese on Twitter , that, "I expect him to pass it soon."

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:18 am
 

Redskins sign 1st-rounder Trent Williams

Trent Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, signed with the Redskins early Friday morning, according to a release from the team.

The deal reportedly is a six-year, $60 million max deal with $36.75 million in guaranteed money.

Williams is the highest drafted individual to sign with his team thus far, and the only top five pick to ink. That's a chunk of guaranteed cheddar, even for a blue-chip offensive line prospect, so it's reasonable to expect that you'll see Sam Bradford get up near (or above) that $50 million mark when he does sign with the Rams.

Of course, one important aspect of getting Williams signed early is that Washington expects him to start at left tackle and protect Donovan McNabb's blind side for the duration of the season; getting him into camp for the maximum amount of exposure to team activities was crucial for the Redskins.

Plus, now we all get to turn our attention back to Albert Haynesworth ... who just failed his second straight day of conditioning tests.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:27 pm
 

Shanahan: 'We're going to get him in shape'

Fun, fun, fun day to be at Redskins training camp, huh?

Albert Haynesworth couldn't complete his (possibly rigged by Mike Shanahan?) conditioning test and there may or may not have been words exchanged between the DT and his coach following a lengthy bathroom break.

Of course, this can't go down without the media asking questions, which means that Shanny had to have answers. He confirmed that "Albert did not pass his conditioning test" and then added this:
“Obviously, you’d like him to be in the type of shape that most of our players are in. The bottom line is that we’re going to get him in shape. If he’s going to be on our football team and he’s going to play at the level we’d like him to play, then he’s got to be in great football shape. Hopefully he’ll get it done tomorrow, but it may take two or three days, it may take a week. I really don’t know. His weight is fine. We’ve just got to get that cardio at a certain level to make sure he doesn’t injure himself.” Shanahan also declined to discuss what was said between the two following the failed test but did use the phrase, "But there were no words." That's interesting, because he also confirmed that there was a "conversation."

Haynesworth, for his part, just needs to pass the test in order to play. So, basically, Shanahan has drawn a line in the sand, Albert has to decide if he can run past it fast enough, and then we can all move on with our lives, for a few weeks at least.

And yeah, it's quite safe to assume that Shanny isn't going to budge on the requirement to pass the test; at this point he's adhering to the principality of the thing and is determined to let Haynesworth know who's in charge.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Report: Shanahan, Haynesworth exchange 'words'

Albert Haynesworth's conditioning test didn't go swimmingly today -- the hundred million dollar DT went for a bathroom break midway through a slew of sprints and missed his allotted break time.

It seems fairly logical to assume that the tests were "rigged," if you will (and I hope you will, because I certainly will) by Mike Shanahan to produce a bad result for Albert. It seems even MORE logical to assume that Haynesworth believes that as well.

Which would make the report from PFT's Mike Florio that the two exchanged some heated words afterwards totally reasonable.
The source says that Shanahan told Haynesworth that he "needed to get in shape." Haynesworth then said that he couldn't have completed three 300-yard shuttle runs even in his Pro Bowl/All-Pro years.

Said Shanahan in response, "I guess you have never been in shape then."
The second-most amazing thing about this whole scenario is that Shanahan is, somehow, making Haynesworth less villainous. I think. Or maybe not -- it's just when a coach tries to set a player up, well, it doesn't feel right.

Of course, the most amazing part is that Shanahan's tactics actually seem to be working. Sure, Haynesworth failed the test. And sure, they might be fighting. And, SURE, he's a threat to randomly decide he doesn't want to play anymore.

But when you start hearing, as Jason Reid of the Washington Post did , that he "killed" the fitness test (in a good way) and that other Redskins are impressed by the shape Haynesworth is in ... that's pretty impressive. Even if it's annoying to hear about it nonstop.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Haynesworth fails his conditioning test

Things were going well for Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth this morning. He was participating in the conditioning test – the exam that would decide whether he can practice with his teammates – and he was performing well.

But, then nature called, and that’s when the problems began.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post , “Haynesworth apparently needed a lavatory break midway through the second part (of the test) and was unable to complete the test after returning and starting from the beginning.”

Although teammates says Haynesworth appears in pretty good shape, it’s also not a surprise that he didn’t pass the test. It seems likely coach Mike Shanahan was going to make sure of that.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Haynesworth tries to make amends

Sounds like Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth is trying to do some damage control. Is it too little, too late?

The Washington Post reports that Haynesworth has assured the Redskins that he won’t be a distraction. Haynesworth – who reportedly has lost plenty of weight in time for training camp to open – also appears to have accepted the inevitable.

From the story:

Haynesworth, who has returned to the area to prepare for the opening of training camp Thursday, is optimistic about his situation in Washington for the first time in months, said one team source who has spoken with him at length in the past few weeks.

The source said Haynesworth told him he is coming to work and understands he will have to play nose tackle at times in the Redskins' new 3-4 defense.


There is, however, a question about where Haynesworth will reside on the depth chart. Or if coach Mike Shanahan even wants to keep him around this season.

If Maake Kemoeatu, who missed last year with an Achilles injury, is healthy, he could move into that NT role, leaving Haynesworth at the defensive end in the new 3-4 defensive scheme. Haynesworth is not expected to work out with the first-team defense when training camp opens Thursday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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