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Albert Haynesworth tested ankle, couldn't go

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was the most prominent member of the roster to be declared inactive for Sunday's loss to the Texans, a decision made by the coaching staff after Haynesworth tested a sprained ankle in pregame warm-ups.

"He tested it and wasn't able to go," Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Haynesworth originally suffered the ankle sprain during Wednesday's practice. His participation was limited late in the week. Defensive tackle Anthony Bryant, who was active in Haynesworth's place, was told late in the week, he said, "to be ready."

"When Albert's not in, we lose another guy with experience," Bryant said. "That's the big thing. He's played for a while. He's got more experience. His leadership role and him as a person, just being there, the fact that it's Albert Haynesworth, it makes the other team gameplan with him in mind."

Haynesworth, though, has been a part-time player for Shanahan thus far. He did not start and was not on the field for several key plays of the season-opening 13-7 victory over Dallas. In 2009, his first season in Washington, he sat out four games with injuries, and the last time he played in all 16 games of a season was 2002 - his rookie year with Tennessee.

Haynesworth did not watch the game from the sidelines, which team officials said was normal for inactive players. Offensive lineman Will Montgomery and safety Kareem Moore, however, both joined their teammates on the bench for the game.

The Texans gained only 58 yards rushing against the Redskins. Veteran Vonnie Holliday led Washington's interior linemen by being part of five tackles, including half a sack. Adam Carriker added four tackles, including half a sack.

The other inactive Redskins Sunday were receiver Brandon Banks, Moore (knee), linebacker Perry Riley, Montgomery, tight end Logan Paulsen, defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and John Beck, who served as the third quarterback.

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 19, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
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He's a little sissy. Trade him already.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 19, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

We need Moore back, we could use an extra LB (Perry) and DEFINATELY need Fat Albert!

"We can win without him"
Donovan McNabb

Posted by: priceisright | September 19, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

One things for sure, the Redskins have no depth to speak of, let alone their weakness at certain positions. That said, we couldn't drive 92 yards for a TD last year. Small steps, big returns.

Posted by: hessone | September 19, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

beeps to gano

Posted by: hessone | September 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Your mom tested her ankle, and it went "beep beep".

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

i predicted Redskins17 Houston 20
actual Redskins 27 Houston 30
both teams scored ten more points. what i don't get is why everyone is claiming the sky is falling. Houston did have the number one offense last season and they put up mad points against Indy last week. we were toe for toe with them and took it to overtime. you can't expect mid season form in week two especially with a new coach and qb. but tell you what so far we look like the team to beat in the east. Kolb comes back to start next week, Dallas get these Texans and we get the Rams. I'm not even thinking about the panic button. I stand by my call 10-6

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 19, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Stinks to lose, but they tied the game on a 4-10 jump ball.....otherwise it's 2-0. RD vs. AJ is not the matchup anybody wants in that situation. Hopefully we get Kareem back and plays like that go another way. It's as simple as that.

Texans are a very good team, there is much to be proud of from this game.

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | September 19, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The 'Skins told Al to test his ankle, so he starts quizzing his ankle, like "Where do you stand when the offense comes out with 3 tight ends?" When his ankle didn't answer he ruled himself out.

By the way, I'm starting to think the 'Skins may have overpaid this guy.

Posted by: josettes | September 20, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Like him or nor, he is our best DL man. Just look at the texans game no pressure up the middle at all late in the game.

Posted by: Jmel1 | September 20, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

We missed Big Al yesterday.....

This week's story is:


Hail to the redskins!!!!

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | September 20, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

F--K Haynesworth, where was this soldier in the heat of battle?

Posted by: Badwisky | September 20, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"F--K Haynesworth, where was this soldier in the heat of battle?"

Back at the supply depot, complaining about the coffee.

Posted by: zimbar | September 20, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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