Haynesworth suspension goes over well with teammates
The news that the Redskins suspended controversial defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth on Tuesday for the remainder of the season was well received by many of his teammates.
Although some Redskins players continued to express their fondness for Haynesworth as a person, they were fed up with the ongoing dust-ups between the two-time all-pro player and Coach Mike Shanahan. It seems Haynesworth has played his last game for the Redskins, and it was way past time for them to part ways, veterans said.
"Everybody knows how strong-minded he is," linebacker Andre Carter said of Haynesworth. "Everybody knows the issues that were going on from last season to this season. For us, the rest of the players, we just got tired of it. The drama is over with."
Because of the poor effort he displayed last week in preparation for the game, Shanahan listed Haynesworth as inactive against before Sunday's 31-7 loss to the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. Throughout the week before the game, the Redskins said they faced a must-win situation to maintain their faint playoff hopes.
So when Haynesworth, by far the team's best pass-rushing lineman, did not play, "I was just thinking like, 'Something's gonna happen,' cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "I was just thinking something's gonna happen because him and Coach [Shanahan] did not get along."
Shanahan is expected to explain the move during a team meeting Wednesday, but "everybody's heard by now," defensive lineman Kedric Golston said. "If you cut on a radio or turned on TV, you knew. The good thing about Coach Shanahan is he's going to tell us exactly what's going on. There's not going to be any second-guessing."
Haynesworth's ability was never in question, the Redskins said. But his attitude held him back.
"Albert has all the intangibles of being a great player," Carter said. "I've never seen a defensive tackle as athletic as he is, versatile in so many ways, but the issue is just doing things the right way and just being professional about it. And that's something that he's not really known for and hasn't done."
It seems Shanahan and Haynesworth were headed for a divorce from the moment Shanahan officially joined the organization in January, "but I don't know if [Tuesday's suspension] needed to happen. I don't have an answer to that," Rogers said. "Albert's a good player.
"When he steps out there and plays, he don't come on to the game field saying that he's gonna hurt the team. I think he comes out there with all his effort; that he tries to make plays whenever they put him in the game. So I don't know if it needed to happen. I just knew something was gonna happen."
Shanahan did what he needed to do for the good of the team.
"Coach Shanahan has to make decisions he believes in," Golston said. "Some are going to like them, some won't.
"But I believe he's doing the right things to get us where we need to go. He's got
us going in the right direction. He wants to win a Super Bowl, and he's pointing us in that direction."
| December 7, 2010; 8:47 PM ET
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