Albert Haynesworth's status no longer an issue
Stepping to the podium for his weekly visit with the media, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett didn't even wait for the first question.
"Yes, Albert's playing," Haslett joked.
Entering the second half of the year, the status of Albert Haynesworth is no longer a weekly debate. His last three outings have been strong ones, going back to the Redskins' first meeting with the Eagles on Oct. 3. After a slow and turmoil-filled start to the season, Haynesworth is contributing to the defense finally in a variety of ways -- including in some ways in which he might not even be aware.
"We utilize him in a lot of different areas," Haslett said. "We used him in nickel and goal line and short-yardage and some other things. And actually, he didn't even know -- I still don't know if he knows it -- he played five snaps at nose against Detroit."
Haynesworth had four tackles and a sack in that last game at Detroit, but how did he fair as a nose tackle -- the crucial position in the Redskins' 3-4 defense that he'd prefer didn't exist?
"He was awesome," Haslett said. "He did a great job. I just sneak him in there once in a while. Just don't tell him he's a nose."
"I think the guy can be a heck of a player at any of those positions," Haslett added.
In the Redskins' first game against the Eagles, Haynesworth came off the bench and had four tackles -- including one for a loss -- and batted down a pass. He missed the next two games following the death of his brother and then posted sacks at Chicago and Detroit.
Haynesworth is still expected to be used in situational roles, but Haslett feels the talented pass rusher can continue to contribute in a big way.
"He's working good at practice," Haslett said. "I like what I see from him."
| November 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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