Shanahan: Haynesworth wasn't ready to work out Thursday
At his regular Monday press conference, Mike Shanahan said his decision to hold Albert Haynesworth out of Sunday's game was partly based on mental considerations. Later in the day, during his regular weekly interview with Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson, Shanahan got more specific.
While it's been widely reported that Haynesworth participated in the Redskins' Thursday practice, Shanahan said that session was essentially just a walk-through in the Dulles airport hangar due to rain, and that Haynesworth was not mentally prepared to do a conditioning workout on that day. (Video here.)
"Albert didn't work out for one week, then he came in and wasn't really ready to go on Thursday, at least according to him with our strength coach, getting a good workout in," Shanahan told Johnson. "Albert's like all players that have played: if you're not 100 percent really into it, especially missing one week of workouts, it's very hard to play at a high level, and you're probably gonna get hurt....
"Relative to working out with the strength coach, he just didn't feel like mentally that he was ready to do that at that time. He did something on Friday but didn't do it Thursday, so one week without conditioning, we didn't think it was very smart to put him in a situation like that."
NBC's Andrea Kremer reported on Sunday that Haynesworth still does not think he fits this scheme, and Johnson asked Shanahan for a reaction.
"You want a guy -- especially when you pay a guy as much money as we paid him -- you would like him to go out there and play as well as he possibly can play," Shanahan said. "I thought he did that against Philadelphia and helped us win. He went in there and played and made some plays and got a couple holding calls, which was the difference in winning and losing. When you make a commitment to somebody, you'd like them making a commitment to you as well."
Amid continuing reports that Haynesworth could still be traded, Shanahan also reiterated his previous statements on the matter.
"I said along time ago we weren't going to trade him, and obviously we haven't," the coach said.
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