An Albert Haynesworth practice gallery
Redskins training camp hits day five today, and still Albert Haynesworth doesn't practice. That means he'll require at least six days to pass his conditioning test. The battle of Gettysburg took less time to complete than this. Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (Op. 110) in less time than it's taken Haynesworth to pass his test. Charles Lindbergh needed just 33.5 hours to complete the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Heck, if you believe the Bible to be literal, the entire world was created in six days, which is the minimum amount of time it will take Albert Haynesworth to twice run 300 yards in less than 74 seconds.
But enough of the conditioning test. What does Haynesworth do while he's actually on the field? Here are some examples. Indeed, since camp began, at least 59 photos of the man have been filed by The Post and the wire services. I'll group them by category.
(Photos by John McDonnell - TWP, Nick Wass - AP and Win McNamee - Getty)
Garbage can drills
For all the talk about how there are no gimmicks and props now that Jim Zorn is gone, there are tons of photographs of Redskins playing with garbage cans. Not just Haynesworth, either. Sure, Zorn would have been flinging the garbage cans at his quarterback, but these are definitely props. Incidentally, after these photos were taken, two of the garbage cans managed to complete the conditioning drill in the allotted time.
Agility and pad drills
I don't care what anyone says, he looks pretty football-ready to me.
Also, not that I particularly care one way or the other, but if you had any interest in not making this a distraction, wouldn't there be other approaches than public shame? I mean, you could construct Haynesworth's image out of neon toothpicks in the Redskins Park driveway without creating a bigger distraction than this conditioning test has been.
As always, it's the sort of distraction that will be completely ignored if the team wins its first two games, and that will be featured high in the season obituary if things go south. But when it's all the entire town is talking about, I'm pretty sure it counts as a distraction.
Arms raised in conversation drills
"No, seriously, before I dropped the 35 pounds I was this wide."
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