Tag:Mike Shanahan
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 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 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 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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