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Albert Haynesworth, Redskins return to focusing on Shanahan's test

Albert Haynesworth's knee is fine. Or at least contains no structural damage (unlike his relationship with Redskins coach MIke Shanahan), sources told Jason Reid Thursday night.

But the story isn't going to end until the Haynesworth clock (think of it as a reverse Doomsday Clock) running on the Sports home page does.

Reid reported and here, tweeted this morning:

Redskins sources: Frustration with Haynesworth rising in organization because conditioning process occupying too many key people too long.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

He adds that the positive MRI result and the latest treadmill work (a source tells Reid "he was flying") mean that -- wait for it -- Shanahan will not give in his stance. Haynesworth cannot practice until he passes the shuttle test.

Reid took it a step farther with this tweet Thursday night:

Redskins sources: Mike Shanahan determined to get more out of Albert Haynesworth than Pro Bowler has ever given. This could end badly.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

That one prompted a vigorous Twitter conversation, including Matt Boutwell's "ya think?" idea that Titans coach Jeff Fisher might be laughing his backside off right now.

@CindyBoren 'end badly' is relative. Albert got caught in a 'regime change' (Snyderaato to Shan-Allen) and cast his lot with wrong 'regime'less than a minute ago via web

So, while the story is, like Haynesworth himself, stuck running in place, at least there was movement with Stephen Strasburg, who's on target to bring the 11th day of Strasmas on Tuesday.

@CindyBoren @AdamKilgoreWP shouldn't Strasburg have to pass some sort of conditioning test. Does anyone know a good one?less than a minute ago via Tweetie for Mac

Damn. Everything does come back to Haynesworth.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 6, 2010; 6:10 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Nationals , Redskins , Stephen Strasburg  
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Jason is always so optimistic :)

Posted by: fearturtle44 | August 6, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Fat Albert will knock Shanny down and step on his head. He seems to be that kind of coward. That would be a bad ending. Or maybe the little danny's cousin Vinny will get another job so he can ruin another NFL team; and we can trade Fat Albert to Vinny's new team. That would be a good ending.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 6, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Phillip258, great idea, but I don't see Vinny joining another team any time soon. You'd best get ready to see 92 starting Sept. 12.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 6, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

You are probably right about the Vinny part; but Mark Schlereth has a different take on 92 starting. If he doesn't pass the conditioning test and won't buy into the system, he won't play. Shanahan is just that way and will not budge off of that for any player. He was that way at Denver. The Redskins were 4-12 with Fat Albert and Shanahan has yet to prove that he can win a super bowl without Elway... so, the football may not be the best, but the soap opera is going to be fun to watch.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 6, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I think we have a good idea what a Haynesworth-in-less-than-ideal-condition looks like on the field. I always came to his defense last season when he took a knee (or outright collapsed) after a particularly taxing effort on, say, a second down play early in the third quarter. Because it sure looked to me like he was giving it his all, and his all made him our best defensive player.

But I'm not interested in seeing a less-than-ideally-conditioned Albert giving it something less than his all, as in Phillip's not buying into the system scenario above.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 6, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Shanahan has yet to prove that he can win a super bowl without Elway... so, the football may not be the best, but the soap opera is going to be fun to watch."
But Elway couldn't win the SB without Shanahan or T. Davis, whats your point? At least he is a coach that has won a superbowl and has experience. I'll take that any day over Jim Zorn a QB coach with zero Head coaching experience.

Posted by: barrysmith1 | August 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I've suggested this before, but for the sake of eliminating as much overheated hyperbole and painfully overengineered comparisons as possible, I'm calling for a moratorium on judgment on the Shanahan era... at least until the end of the Dallas game.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 6, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep. some Redskins practice tidbits.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 6, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are paying Haynesworth whether he is being held out of camp or not. It's time for this pissing contest to end and time to get Haynesworth into camp and on board. Paying your best defensive player to sit on the bench is not a path to success.

Posted by: bperk420 | August 6, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Paying your best defensive player to sit on the bench is not a path to success."

No offense, but nothing he has done here has showed me he is the best defenseman the Redskins have.

You might want to re-think that.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

barrysmith1: my point was that he has not won a superbowl without Elway. Period. No question that he has been a better head coach than Zorn; but his last three years in Denver, he had only one winning season.

bperk40: what suggests that he is the Redskins best defensive player; I would suggest there were five or six guys better than him last year, starting with London Fletcher. Regardless, they were 4-12 with him playing last year. My guess is that Shanahan will do better than that with our without Fat Albert.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is the best defensive player the Redskins have. The question is, I think, is this regime going to result in having a willing and committed Haynesworth in the locker room? By now, Shanahan has pushed all his chips into the middle of the table. All he can do is deactivate Haynesworth (who would be paid) once the roster is reduced to 53, or cut him. Either way, the first time the Redskins lose because the opposing quarterback is allowed to sit back in the pocket long enough to enjoy a pina colada (Tony Romo?) , there will be a growing chorus of complaint against Shanahan for not having Albert there. In a way, Albert has Shanahan in his hands.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

But having your best defensive player playing halve assed and not too. We saw that last year..Im behind coach Shanahan.He's doing the right thing... He's got to be the boss

Posted by: jeye18 | August 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Stalin had to be the boss too ... how'd that work out? Seems to me Shanahan has failed leadership 101. Never give an order that you think will be disobeyed. Never give an order that puts your leadership on the line if disobeyed. Never break #1 or #2 unless it is really, really worth it. Not seeing that it was ...

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth called into the "Kirk McEwen & Mike O'Meara Morning Show" today...(WINK WINK)

Check out the video....You will enjoy it!


Posted by: JEFFSHAMROCK | August 6, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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