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Albert Haynesworth, Redskins trade buzz continues

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan declined to discuss Albert Haynesworth's playing status in a conference call with members of the Dallas media today.

"We don't talk about who's going to come to the game for obvious reasons, whether it's wide receivers, defensive line, defensive backs," Shanahan said. "Just like Dallas doesn't tell us who their nickel package is."

Shanahan did say that he hasn't found the Haynesworth situation to be too draining.

"Not really to be honest with you," Shanahan said. "We focus on our jobs every day. You've got a job to do. A lot of attention is brought to it, but I think we've handled it well."

Updated at 10:25 a.m.

The Redskins resume preparations for playing the Cowboys today at Redskins Park -- you might have heard that it's Dallas Week -- and as they head to work, there's no sign that the big story -- you might have heard they'd like to part ways with Albert Haynesworth -- is going away.

"I got a hint last night," said Chris Mortensen on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show, "that other teams have been called" by the Redskins regarding a trade involving Haynesworth, who is regarded as being something of a pill by his head coach. Mortensen adds that a deal is probably not doable.

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen denied the talk Tuesday and continued to do so today. According to a tweet by Larry Weisman of the Redskins: "#Redskins GM Bruce Allen in phone call to WTOP radio denied shopping DT Albert Haynesworth. Rumors have been abundant."

And the NFL Network's Scott Hanson, reporting from Redskins Park, tweeted: "Fwiw: My producer just told me Haynesworth was one of the last players to arrive today at Redskins Park."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2010; 8:46 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan , NFL  
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The media needs to stop all this silliness. Do not stoke the fire.
This is NO news!

Posted by: sd-bones | September 8, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Mass hysteria, Cindy. Rumors swirling everywhere and everybody's taken in to believe that trade is imminent. Bruce Allen's already said they're not shopping Haynesworth. I believe him.

Shanahan is not the only one who is "highly" frustrated but so are we of this Haynesworth rumors and it needs to be put to rest, seriously. We need to focus on Dallas, not on Haynesworth. Stay on the positive side. Note that the players around Haynesworth are not upset with him. McNabb has said he wants to keep Haynesworth on the team. Rest on that.

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I think it is IRRESPONSIBLE of this reporter and all the others who continuously stir this pot without providing come concrete information. Leave it alone until there is something to report!! What are you, The Tattler???

Posted by: shanks1 | September 8, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Why would the 'Skins trade Haynesworth? They've already paid him! Trading him would prove to Haynesworth that his 'passive resistance' and pouting got him out of DC (with Danny's money) AND without having to work for it. It would be better to treat him like the child he is: sit him on the bench (inactive) until he's willing to earn the money that the 'Skins paid him for his services! If the 'Skins trade him or cut him, he's likely to make some other team look smart. Keep him right here, on the bench...if he won't work for the money the 'Skins paid him...let him grow old on the bench!

Posted by: bobleme | September 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Keeping the guy around on the bench serves absolutely no purpose at all. If he dosen't want to play in the defense as it's designed. putting him on the bench only plays right into his hands. He'll get paid and won't have to do anything at all. The Redskins have three options, play him, trade him or release him. The ball is in their court.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd take what Bruce Allen said with a very small grain of salt.

Jeff Fisher, the Tennessee Titans' head coach and a man of impeccable character had already told the Nashville media that he had previous discussions with the Redksins about Haynesworth.

Posted by: owiz | September 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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