Keith Bulluck says of Albert Haynesworth: 'I either play him or I trade him'
When it comes to the dispute between Albert Haynesworth and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, one former teammate is on Haynesworth's side.
Keith Bulluck, the New York Giants linebacker who formerly played with Haynesworth in Tennessee, told Newsday's Bob Glauber how he'd handle the situation if he were Shanahan:
"If I'm Mike Shanahan, I either play him or I trade him," Bulluck said. "I got my point across as far as not playing him in the preseason, but now it's the regular season. It's time to get things going. You either either play him or you trade him, because if you're not going to play him, what's the point of having him there being a distraction? It benefits his team more now at this point to play him, but I'm not a coach."
Bulluck has kept in contact with Haynesworth and thinks it's time for the drama to end.
"The whole camp thing was cool, but to me it's a little BS," he said. "He had to make his conditioning test, and he finally made it. As a coach you want to show, 'This is my team,' but after a while with a player like Albert, you're going to play him or not. I just think the whole thing is stupid. I know he's a great player. He's a great teammate. Regardless of the decisions he made this offseason, the offseason's over. You know he wants to play football."
When asked if he would like to see Haynesworth traded, Bulluck told Glauber, "I just want him to be happy. At the end of the day, I played with the guy for 6-7 years. I just want him to be able to go out there and play football the way he can and be the dominating player that I know he is."
Bulluck said Haynesworth is trying to deal with the situation as best he can. "He's just going through it, and he stays upbeat as much as possible," Bulluck said. "At the end of the day, there are bigger things in life than this. He's definitely working to do what he needs to do to help his team and be a contributor."
September 15, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
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