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Albert Haynesworth figures to see plenty of action vs. Arizona Cardinals

Most Redskins veterans are not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals, but defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth figures to be busy at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett increased Haynesworth's workload during last week's victory over the New York Jets. Shanahan and Haslett want Haynesworth to be ready to play right end Sept. 12 against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, and Haynesworth could benefit from getting many reps at end against the Cardinals.

Haynesworth, who played through the third quarter in the 16-11 victory over the Jets, acknowledged he made mistakes in his first game at end with the first-team defense. The two-time all-pro worked at the position in the nickel package and said he was steadily learning the nuances of the team's new 3-4 defense.

Haynesworth wants to play in the fourth preseason game, a person familiar with the situation said. The nine-year veteran has told friends he is determined to have an outstanding season, and he's trying to get it started right.

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , preseason games  
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Bad enough that the game is going to be a giant bore, but it starts so late that it doesn't end until the next day. Coach Shanahan's and a bunch of bubble boys are probably the only ones who will stay awake until the end. Doesn't look good to fall asleep on the bubble.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 1, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Good...get his ass in shape. Hopefully, he'll be motivated to dominate Week 1. Their O-line will certainly allow it...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 1, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse


"Smith's TD record stood for about 30 years. It is a stunning amount of time when you consider how much the game changed from 1972 to 2002."

An excellent point.

I'd forgotten all about that.

Too, given the details of Smith's life, I'm wondering why more attention isn't paid his way.

It would make for very interesting reading.

Great post, again.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 1, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: hessone | September 1, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth actually wants to play in the fourth preseason game, a person familiar with the situation said. The nine-year veteran has told friends he is determined to have an outstanding season, and he's trying to get it started right."

Hate on Prince Al all you want, but a big season from him means he's trade bait that should reap a 1 rounder and then some.

If we can trade AH, and then go into the draft with additional top picks, we can really address needs in the o-line, wr, and olb.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 1, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 1, 2010 7:45 AM |

amen brother !

Posted by: hessone | September 1, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

True indeed mistamoe, I hope he does have an outstanding season, so the Skins can get some real good value back when they move him (and they will.)

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 1, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

University of Phoenix? Isn't that the internet college where they hook low income folks up with expensive student loans?

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 1, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like an injury just waiting to happen.

Not that the Dude would ever fake an injury or anything...

Posted by: Vic1 | September 1, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is not going anywhere till
2013. Haynesworth is due a $29 million "poison pill" in 2013, effectively making it a four-year, $48.2 million deal. Another $15 million is available through incentives. If Haynesworth truly have a dominant year, why would anyone trade him, why not wait till 2013?

Posted by: abxinc | September 1, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Nose tackle is critical in the 3-4. If he is not effective our rush defense will stink. I think he was upset about the changes because he likes to get sacks, rather than shore up the middle.

If he can dominate, it could make their rush D impenetrable.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 1, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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