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Albert Haynesworth has passed conditioning test

Updated 7:45 a.m.

Albert Haynesworth passed his conditioning test Saturday morning at Redskins Park and a source familiar with the situation said that the defensive linemen will participate in his first full practice of training camp Saturday afternoon.

On Day 10 of the Haynesworth Watch, the two-time All-Pro on his fourth attempt completed the two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs required by Coach Mike Shanahan in order for him to join in all team activities. Two sources familiar with the results said Haynesworth completed the two sprints in the allotted time of 70 seconds for the first set and 73 on the second with a break in between.

Haynesworth, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and strength coach Ray Wright appeared pleased as they walked off the field together. Asked how Haynesworth fared on the sprints Saturday morning, Wright responded, "Good run." Haslett, who has been prohibited by team officials from speaking with the media until Haynesworth passes the test, gave two thumbs up before entering the complex's main building.

Although the team has not provided official confirmation of the results, Haynesworth completed the runs in times of 66 and 70 seconds, respectively, according to two team sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to provide the results. Shanahan is expected to address the situation at some point Saturday, which is Fan Appreciation Day.

In the Redskins' new 3-4 defense, Haynesworth is expected see significant time at right defensive end. The nine-year veteran also may play nose tackle in some alignments.

Haynesworth missed all but one day of the team's offseason conditioning program and Shanahan has said that when Haynesworth was able to join his teammates on the practice field, he'd begin taking reps with the second or third team.

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

Hip Hip!

HOOORAAYYYYYY!!!!

Posted by: Wonsapnatm | August 7, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

YAYYYY. LOL. SMH

Posted by: MadeRED | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

YAYYYY. LOL. SMH

Posted by: MadeRED | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY...did he get a pound of bacon as a prize?

Posted by: GaryJ06 | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Great news!

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

It's a miracle. Now work his fat butt on the field and let' go win some games!

Posted by: seanmichaeltaylor | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse


Albert Haynesworth has passed conditioning test

Redskins defensive tackle passed his conditioning test this morning, according to two sources familiar with his results.

More coming shortly...

By Jason Reid | August 7, 2010; 7:39 AM ET

Hope you feel like the fool that you've played, Mr. Drama Queen. What are you going to write about now?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 7, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Hallelujah! He may be a fat mess, but his fat mess is important in the trenches.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 7, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Great.

I haven't felt this much relief since my last post-coffee visit to the bathroom stall at Shoney's.

Now AH can spend the rest of training camp in his usual role on the sideline nursing the bad knee...

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Did I mention that Shanahan can Coach?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 7, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how many people feel compelled to insult him still, even though the closest they get to a football number is the 99 of the weeks they've been unemployed!

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 7, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

What does Doug Dutch have to say about it??

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 7, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse


Oh no, what will Reid feed us now that AH has passed the damn test ? Probably more threads about AH, that's what.

Posted by: hessone | August 7, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how many people feel compelled to insult him still, even though the closest they get to a football number is the 99 of the weeks they've been unemployed!

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 7, 2010 7:54 AM

Only people with jobs are allowed to express an opinion? Haynesworth has a lot to prove to the Redskins fans, even if a Jets fan like you loves him.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 7, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

OK Fat Al, Ready, GO! ,...........Oops, Click! ........Nice Al, 66 sec.!!
3 1/2 min. later OK Al, GO! ........Damn! Click! .........You did it AL, 70sec. Go get ready for practice Big Fella. Yep you can eat a plate of eggs and a rash of bacon first, you earned it...

Posted by: Club320 | August 7, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Our long national nightmare is over.

Posted by: UnionStationDC | August 7, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Only people with jobs are allowed to express an opinion?
Only people with jobs are allowed to waste their time on RI.

Posted by: daggar | August 7, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Our long national nightmare is over!

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | August 7, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Only people with jobs are allowed to waste their time on RI.

Posted by: daggar | August 7, 2010 8:08 AM |

This is daggar's not-too-subtle way of saying "Neener, neener, neener. I've got a job and you don't."

Posted by: beep-beep | August 7, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how many games the Redskins will win, but Shanahan and Allen have pt their footprint on this organization already....

in Haynesworth's azz!

GO SKINS!

Posted by: rickyroge | August 7, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Next year, he can deal with Jillian on the "Biggest Loser"

Posted by: Thundershock | August 7, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how many games the Redskins will win, but Shanahan and Allen have pt their footprint on this organization already....

in Haynesworth's azz!

GO SKINS!

Posted by: rickyroge | August 7, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

HELP!! Does anyone know if the Training Camp Invitation is mandatory?? I am about to leave for Redskins Park and just saw this on the team website, thanks for any info you can offer:

-- What is the Training Camp Fan Invitation?

Fans attending training camp should fill out their FREE Fan Invitation online and print it out. The Fan Invitation enables the Redskins to gauge how many fans to expect at training camp. Invitations will be collected at the front gate of training camp upon arrival.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 7, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 7, 2010 8:16 AM

No worries, they don't require. Have fun!!

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 7, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo... Fat Al passes test... Fan Appreciation Day... and Congrats to Russ Grimm for finally getting a HOG into the Hall of Fame!!

Posted by: tony325 | August 7, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

From Mike Dorito on PFT:

"Excuse our skepticism on this, but I once handled a case in which an out-of-shape applicant for a law enforcement job 'passed' a fitness test behind the closed door of the sheriff's office. So it really isn't a stretch to wonder whether Haynesworth 'passed' the test with only the player and Shanahan on the practice field."

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 7, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I think Fat Al just caved to the inevitable.Seeing there was no way out he just went ahead and did it. Isn't it a miracle that his knee healed so quickly that he could complete the test with time to spare.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | August 7, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me that AH made it abundantly clear that he could pass the test, and he did so on his terms.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 7, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

So Shanahan gave Haynesworth a curve on his test. I'm okay with that. 300 yard shuttles doesn't quite sound like Albert's forte'. Just as long as he can bullrush 5 yards and smash Tony Homo's face in the ground is the only test that I want to see passed!

Posted by: killerrob | August 7, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me that AH made it abundantly clear that he could pass the test, and he did so on his terms.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 7, 2010 8:31 AM

Well, isn't that special? "His terms" were that he shouldn't have to take the test because he had bad knees. Shanahan's terms were the ones that AH met.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 7, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

good! now we can move on. let's get back to why we love the game -- and this team.

Upgrades in offense - should be fun again!
Defense - 3-4- wait and see. Could be good!
Special teams? Bit worried here.

Posted by: pgustav | August 7, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't think there is any reason to think the test was fudged. If word got out that Haynesworth was given a bye Shanahan's credibility would rightly go in the toilet.

Today's result shows that it was always about Haynesworth actually trying. His mid-drill potty break that first day was a big FU to the organization -- if he did it today, he could have done it that day. The "knee pain" certainly could have been a ploy to get out of the test, too. But Shanahan stuck by his guns and accepted no excuses.

Now Haynesworth has to PRACTICE HARD or else he won't see the field. This isn't over. This shows Albert has HOF ability but intramural team attitude. What could he do if he got his head on straight? And not just in a contract year? I predict this will either happen here (20%) or he ultimately will be moved.

Posted by: minorthread | August 7, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh the Redskins decided to stop playing games, good for them. Shanny is another cotrol freak! I wonder why he was fired in Denver? I'm not ready to praise him, he hasn't done jack to me but cause division and naional humiliation to the team, and it's fans. Why are team officials leaking out info? could this be calculated? this is an indication that nothing has changed.

Posted by: gwest1 | August 7, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

This has worked exactly the way Shanny and Haslett planned it (perhaps minus the extra days for AH to pass the test). Shanny maintains the tough coach aura (which the team has bought into). At the same time, bad cop Shanny drove AH into good cop Haslett's waiting arms. AH couldn't malinger with all his teammates there, feeling that he was holding them back. Albert is now fit, loves Haslett, appreciates the defense, and can hate Shanny all he wants privately. This is what AH has needed all along, just too immature to appreciate it. Hopefully this has a happy ending. Regardless, the psychological brilliance of how the AH situation has been handled...seems to have been lost on the reporters, columnists and fans. Finally time to say: Hail, Redskins!

Posted by: StevenGrossman | August 7, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse


WaPo's Hannesworth clock has been taken down, National Crisis is prevented, hope restored. This just in from the AP: Dallas Cowboy Fans Jumping from Bank of America Plaza Building; details at 11.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | August 7, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

AH is playing mind games with Shanahan. I think he was able to pass the test all along. In essence, he will get to start on opening day without participating in a good portion of training camp. He could easily do the same thing next year, but he could pass the condition test much later because he already knows the defense and wouldn't need to learn it in training camp.

Posted by: JustinChuck189 | August 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't think there is any reason to think the test was fudged. If word got out that Haynesworth was given a bye Shanahan's credibility would rightly go in the toilet.

Posted by: minorthread | August 7, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse


Word would not even have to get out. If only between AH and Shanny, did Shanny fudge the test, then Shanny's credibility with AH goes out the window.

This is about alot more than a public peeing contest. This is about Shanny and AH straight up behind closed doors - who is in charge?


Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me that AH made it abundantly clear that he could pass the test, and he did so on his terms.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 7, 2010 8:31 AM


Yeah...what an asinine comment.

AH's terms were:

1) Publicly fail the test multiple times
2) Irritate the injured knee
3) Spend a week on the sideline being nationally dogged and ridiculed by the public
4) Bust my hump on the treadmill

Boy...AH sure does drive a hard bargain.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

AH is playing mind games with Shanahan.

Posted by: JustinChuck189 | August 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Good point.

Shanny is clearly pulling out his hair, figuring out what to do. He's lost control and AH is just moving his pieces colly on the board.

Mastermind, that he is, AH has executed his plan perfectly - alienating himself from the team for a week and turning himself into a national punchline.

...man, Shanny is sooooo out of his league with this one.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse


Are we to believe that Haynesworth's conditioning actually IMPROVED after six day of inactivity? Got a bridge you can sell us too, Shanny?

Shanahan is a clown AND THE PLAYERS KNOW IT!

Posted by: roscoepcalhounbrownjriii | August 7, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

P1funk...

On behalf of all of us with an IQ above 80, than you for trying to be the voice of reason.

DO you want to handle RoscoePcalhoun or should I jump in here?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The reporting may suck, but the gist is not lost. Ata boy big man!

Posted by: TBDog | August 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

This is funny.

Either Haynesworth has been dogging it the whole time or the coaches fudged the time because there's no way his conditioning improved by being on the shelf. No way, no how.

Either way, I'm glad it's over for now. I'm sure Haynesworth and Shanahan both feel good about finally moving on.

Posted by: harrybalz | August 7, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

AH is playing mind games with Shanahan.

Posted by: JustinChuck189 | August 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Seriously dude, AH and mind games, that is an oxymoron. He is a large, now fat, lazy, football player who probably never went to more than 10 classes in college and was passed through high school. He is mindless. He now has another 21 million in lump sum to get hookers with. He is a joke. Life long redskins fan hoping AH never plays another down in any uniform.

Does anyone really think he will be more productive than a malcontent for the Redskins ? ... I don't.

Posted by: mannerofspeakin | August 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Are we to believe that Haynesworth's conditioning actually IMPROVED after six day of inactivity? Got a bridge you can sell us too, Shanny?

Shanahan is a clown AND THE PLAYERS KNOW IT!

Posted by: roscoepcalhounbrownjriii | August 7, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse


No.

What we can believe is that AH had no idea how to do the Shuttle Run properly, because he does no cardio workouts, so he got winded the first time and failed.

Then we can believe that he irritated his knee trying again.

Then we can believe he took time off. Talked to coaches who coached him about how to approach the shuttle run, how to pace yourself through it.

Then we can believe he did some treadmill work under supervision to make sure the knee was OK and give him an opportunity to practice with the pacing.

Then we can believe that he took the field and passed the test.

How you can conclude that his reflects badly on Shanahan is beyond me and the rest of the adults populating the sporting society who have been following this.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

AH's terms were:

1) Publicly fail the test multiple times
2) Irritate the injured knee
3) Spend a week on the sideline being nationally dogged and ridiculed by the public
4) Bust my hump on the treadmill

Boy...AH sure does drive a hard bargain.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 9:33 AM


Shanny's terms were:

1) Shanny would be publicly ridiculed for making the conditioning test all or nothing, thereby giving a malinger a one-week vacation.
2) Shanny would lose the respect of veterans who publicly acnknowledge they would not have been able to pass the test.
3) Shanny would spend an agonizing week answering questions about Haynesworth, thereby perpetuating a distraction.
4) Shanny would make AH do no treadmill work while "resting" his knee at the medical staff's request.

Shanny sure plays hardball.

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 7, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 7, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse


Actually Shanny's terms were:

Pass the conditioning test, then practice with the team.

All AH's initial failure of it does is undercut the notion that he can go off and workout on his own and be ready in football shape.

If AH failed it on purpose to sit on the sideline for a week, then all he did was confirm the reputation that he already carries around as a fat, lazy, selfish half-arser who doesn't really care about the team.

Either way, I'm not sure what benefit AH got out of this whole fiasco or how it undercut Shanahan.

Bottom line is that AH was forced to jump through Shanny's hoop.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Shanny's terms were:

1) Shanny would be publicly ridiculed for making the conditioning test all or nothing, thereby giving a malinger a one-week vacation.
2) Shanny would lose the respect of veterans who publicly acnknowledge they would not have been able to pass the test.
3) Shanny would spend an agonizing week answering questions about Haynesworth, thereby perpetuating a distraction.
4) Shanny would make AH do no treadmill work while "resting" his knee at the medical staff's request.

Shanny sure plays hardball.

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 7, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And to follow up...

1) Who is publicly ridiculing Shanny? Can you find one sportswriter, commentator, fellow coach or football player that has ridiculed Shanny?

2) Who has lost respect for Shanny? Can you find one quote or story that indicates that any of the veterans on this team have lost respect for Shanny?

3) Agonizing?!?! Ohhhh, the agony!!! Someone go and comfort poor Shanahan...he was in AGONY all last week over this.

4) So did AH bribe the medical staff? Please tell us how someone rolls up to some medical trainers and fakes a swollen knee?

Bottom line:

Stop talking out of your backside. Your take on this matter is not grounded in reality.

Posted by: p1funk | August 7, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

""What we can believe is that AH had no idea how to do the Shuttle Run properly, because he does no cardio workouts, so he got winded the first time and failed.""

Loser talk, p1funk. I don't believe for one minute that Albert has never run shuttles. You, however, can remain in LaLa Land. It's pretty safe there.

""Then we can believe that he irritated his knee trying again.""

Or we can believe that Haynesworth overstated any irritation he might have had (or outright lied).

""Then we can believe he took time off. Talked to coaches who coached him about how to approach the shuttle run, how to pace yourself through it.""

Or we can believe he didn't. He just thought to himself, 'I wonder how long these clowns are going to let me cruise before they cave'. I think he got his answer.

""Then we can believe he did some treadmill work under supervision to make sure the knee was OK and give him an opportunity to practice with the pacing.""

Or we can believe what was reported. Specifically, that he did very little this week so that the knee would not become further irritated. What a dope.

""Then we can believe that he took the field and passed the test.""

Or believe that they fudged the numbers to get this saga over with. Wouldn't be surprised if he never even ran the thing!

""How you can conclude that his reflects badly on Shanahan is beyond me and the rest of the adults populating the sporting society who have been following this.""

He's not the only one who thinks Shanahan got his britches dusted on this thing. Lots of others have posted the same comments. That means your statement is false. Open your eyes and take off the burgundy and gold colored glasses. Shanahan lost this one. But all is not lost.

HTTR

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Now trade him.

Posted by: Hoss3 | August 7, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

@ahwyatt

You have clearly demonstrated that it is possible to believe whatever you want without regard to reality.

Here are a few recent quotes by veterans:

"I don't think [that the coach is losing the team over the AH situation], because the one thing that a lot of players like and I personally like about Coach is, 'It's this way, and that's the way we're doing it.' The best thing for this team is for Albert to get on the field with us, to help us win and accomplish goals. Hopefully he buys into the system, and everything ends up all happy and great." --Casey Rabach

"The team is 100 percent behind Coach Shanahan. He's handling the situation as he best sees fit for the team and also for Albert. Right now he's dealing with a little injury. You have to make sure he's in the best shape possible." --London Fletcher

"Either you play by the rules, you're gone or you'll get fined, one of the two. He's a no-nonsense guy. A lot of the vets around here who are pretty much old-school guys appreciate it." --Mike Sellers

"With Coach Shanahan coming in setting the rules, everybody abiding by the same rules, I think that it has players buying in." --Clinton Portis

Clearly (in la-la-land) Shanahan's treatment of the AH situation is causing him to lose the respect of veterans. Just as clearly (to those who cannot smell what they are shoveling) the situation would be so much better if Shanahan, after having set a team rule requiring player's who missed more than 50% of off-season activities to pass a conditioning test before being allowed to practice, had made an exception for AH.

Posted by: phinehas | August 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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