Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Despite the fact Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has spouted the line that he’s happy to be in New England and that he’s grateful for another chance to prove himself again as an elite defensive lineman, he’s gotten off to a slow start, accumulating just two tackles in two games.
That number will not increase Sunday vs. the Raiders, because, as the Boston Herald reports, Haynesworth did not make the cross-country trip to Oakland. That means his balky back will keep him from playing.
The move isn’t shocking, since Haynesworth didn’t practice Thursday or Friday. But still you have to wonder what is going on with the one of the NFL’s most controversial figures. According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the answer is simple: he’s improving.
“I see him every day,” Belichick said Friday. “He’s in here early, staying late, doing everything he can.”
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