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Mike Shanahan mum on Albert Haynesworth's health, complaints

Updated 3:37 pm.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice Monday that he has spoken with disgruntled defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and is still trying to get Haynesworth in shape to be a contributor to Washington's defense. But he would not divulge details of the interaction or offer his thoughts on Haynesworth's criticism of the organization after Saturday night's preseason loss to Baltimore.

"First of all, I'm not going to go through the communication that I had," Shanahan said. "I had a conversation with Albert. I don't discuss that for obvious reasons. And if you guys want to talk about football, we'll talk about football. But [to] keep on talking about things outside of football is completely ridiculous. But I did have a conversation with him, like I said. If you want to talk about football, we'll talk about football."

Shanahan did not address whether Haynesworth and the organization had a miscommunication about the extent of an illness Haynesworth had last week, a condition that caused him to miss all of two practices and part of another. Haynesworth did work out on Friday and played in the third quarter of the game on Saturday.

"It's like I said before: We're going to evaluate him in practice," Shanahan said. "He hasn't had a lot of practices. We got him in, he got some playing time obviously Saturday night, and we're going to practice him as much as we can and get him ready to play, and hopefully he doesn't miss any practices, and when he plays, he plays well."

Shanahan essentially said that the coaching staff played Haynesworth against Baltimore as a conditioning stint, and that a player who missed that much midweek practice during the regular season would not play in a game.

"Sometimes I've got to practice a guy and get some playing time in a preseason game just to get back in football shape," Shanahan said. "But people will practice if they're going to play during the regular season. He needed some reps in there, that's the only reason we put him in."

So how did he do?

"He did play 19-20 plays, and got a little tired at the end, which is typical for somebody that misses a few days of practice, even though he did work out Friday -- we got a little running in," Shanahan said. "But we felt like we needed to work him some in that nose tackle position, which is kind of like a workout. Played most of the third quarter, so he got some playing time in."

Among Haynesworth's complaints during a 90-second media session Saturday night was that he had been relegated to playing in the third quarter, after the starters had been removed from the game. Shanahan was asked if he thought nine-year veterans should automatically play in the first half, which Haynesworth suggested Saturday.

"We had [Philip] Daniels in there," Shanahan said of the 15th-year defensive end who played some with the reserves. "How many years has Daniels been in there? Fifty, or 15? Obvoiusly, we've got guys playing. I told you why we play different players to get some playing time in there, especially some veteran players, some young players, we're going to try to evaluate guys as much as we can and get them back in football shape."

That, said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, has been difficult for Haynesworth, who skipped all but one day of the team's offseason conditioning program and has missed the majority of practices in training camp.

"He's got a way to go," Haslett said. "Think about it: We've been out here a long time. You add up all the OTAs - and I can't do it in my head - you add up all the OTAs, minicamp, and practices here [in August], I'd say it's over 40 practices, and he's got six in. He's got a ways to go. He needs to practice these next three weeks, practice at a high level and play well, and then we'll see where he's at from that standpoint."

At the end of his seven-minute session with the media, Shanahan was asked how, traditionally, he has dealt with players who have made derogatory comments in the media.

"Any more football questions?" Shanahan said. "That's how I deal with that question. We talk about football. Any conversations that I have with a player stays between me and the player. If I address it, I would've addressed it with him, and obviously, not to the world. That's the way I deal with those things."

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Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he would not talk about the health of disgruntled lineman Albert Haynesworth or his relationship with the player at the center of the ongoing drama that has taken center stage at camp this summer.

Haynesworth lashed out at the team after Saturday night's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, in part for what he said was an attempt to minimize his health problems, which Shanahan had described as headaches.

Team sources said Sunday that Haynesworth was sidelined with a mild case of rhabdomyolysis, a condition marked by breakdown of skeletal muscle. Experts say he probably has recovered because he was able to play in Saturday's game.

On the rash of injuries that hit the team in the 23-3 loss to the Ravens, Shanahan confirmed that safety Kareem Moore had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said that Reed Doughty and Chris Horton will compete for the free safety spot, and Tyrone Carter, who was signed today, will play strong safety.

Shanahan also said he doesn't know how much work Quarterback Donovan McNabb can do this week. McNabb hurt his ankle Saturday and was wearing a protective boot earlier Monday.

Fullback Mike Sellers, who also injured his knee Saturday, said it is feeling better, but he doesn't know whether he'll be ready to play Friday against the New York Jets.

Shanahan said running back Willie Parker will definitely start that game, part of his plan to give the top three backs starting roles in successive games.

By Barry Svrluga, Rick Maese  |  August 23, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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Comments

Tiger Woods, wife officially divorced


Elin Woods: Now that I'm young, white, rich, free and single, just what can you do for me that Tiger couldn't?

mistamoe: Plenty.

I come into this relationship with nothing.

And after I leave, you'll have even less.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Great. Another 'Still no news on Albert Haynesworth' post!

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Fart

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

trade fat albert!!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Thought K.Moore just had a “sprain”…..out 4-6 weeks. Sux, but I guess it could be worse.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I come into this relationship with nothing.

And after I leave, you'll have even less.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse
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Mrs Moe will take her cut, too...

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 23, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Sucks about K Moore. He seems like another guy that just can't stay healthy.

Posted by: skinswest | August 23, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is finally wising up.

Mr. Haynesworth showed him who's boss and I expect Shanahan to be little less catty in the future. Look for my client to start at defensive end against the Jets.

Posted by: HaynesworthsAgent | August 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Sucks about K Moore. He seems like another guy that just can't stay healthy.

Posted by: skinswest | August 23, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse
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Vinny Cerratto, the gift that just keeps on giving

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

How about AH straight up for VJ? They don't like VJ much in San Diego, either...

Posted by: mmck | August 23, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods, wife officially divorced

Elin Woods: I hope my being white won't affect our lovemaking.

mistamoe: Don't worry about that, baby.

You see, once the lights go out in the bedroom, we're all dark.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if Snyder pulled Shanahan aside and asked him to rethink how he was dealing with AH. Clearly Shanahan's approach is not working. This is not a team with a ton of talent, despite what most of you would love to believe, and you just can't afford to run off the best player on the team.

In other news, Mcnabb was spraying the ball all over the field and not getting bailed out by the receivers. The Rbs are terrible at catching the ball. Larry Johnson looked like this was his first time playing football. I didn't think Williams as THAT bad, but maybe we should think about flipping the tackles. Brown did make the Pro Bowl at LT.

Posted by: Themightymeateater | August 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Shanahan also said he doesn't know how much work Quarterback Donovan McNabb can do this week."

So sit Donovan down for a couple of days, and let Rex, Richard, and John Beck play this weekend.

They need work too, don't they?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

At the end of his seven-minute session with the media, Shanahan was asked how, traditionally, he has dealt with players who have made derogatory comments in the media.

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Seems to me, that's a legit question. A very legit question.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't a team doctor come out and clear this all up?The skins right or wrong are not being up front about this dany boy is still in command so sad

Posted by: jp14710 | August 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

your client will start with the 2nd string unless he manages to make up the 40 plus practices worth of work he is behind in a week or did you miss haslett's comments about the work required over the next 3 weeks before he is considered for a starting position? your client deserves to be cut, the Rhabdo is just further proof that he's out of shape. Shannahan is not going to budge on this an neither is Haslett. They are not going to lose credibility with the rest of the team over one fat, out of shape, whining putz and Bruce Allen will keep snyder off their backs, that's why he's there. Your client will be relegated to the 3rd quarter until he acts like the professional he claims to be and shuts up and plays ball half as well as the people around him on a consistent basis for an ENTIRE GAME. Until then, he's no more than a pinch-hitter.

Posted by: drmammal1 | August 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

So our future HOF, newly acquired free agent QB is wearing a walking boot, and all you guys want to do is yap about AH? Uh, what's the deal with McNabb?

Does he just need to rest? Is this going to be a lingering issue? Didn't follow the Iggles too close last year, so not sure if this ankle thing is something that happens with him often?

& Mike Sellers...is he coming back? Oh wait, the media was too busy pummelling Shanahan with AH questions instead of asking the real football questions we all want answered. Right.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | August 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"We talking about PRACTICE...Not a game, not a game...PRACTICE."

"How the he11 am I gonna make my teammates better in PRACTICE?"

signed,

A. Iverson

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

i keep reading,
"Haynesworth lashed out at the team after Saturday night's loss to the Baltimore Ravens..."

"lashed out"? really? feels more like he "whined" or "bleated" or "complained".

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't a team doctor come out and clear this all up?The skins right or wrong are not being up front about this dany boy is still in command so sad

Posted by: jp14710 | August 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse
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A doctor would not, unless Albert asked him/her specifically to do so. He/She would get sued if they did on their own. And more than likely, the doctor who diagnosed the condition, works for the team. So that's not going to happen either.

Posted by: clark202 | August 23, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Coach Mike's arrogance is out of control.


1.) Albert Haynensworth's contracts does not stipulate that he has to attend a VOLUNTARY training session.

2.) Coach Mike needs to let the newest Redskin PR representative handle certain PR areas. Newest I say? Why yes! Danny Snyder has fired another PR head due to his arrogance and insecurities:

John Maroon (Early 2000)
Doug Green (2000 season)
Michelle Tessier (2001-03)
Pat Wixted (2004-05)
Chris Helein (2005-06)
Zack Bolno (2007-10)
Tony Wyllie (2010-present)

3.) Did you know that the Washington Redskins organization is being sued by multiple employees due to Snyder's lack of ethics? http://www.washingt oncitypaper.com/arti cles/38269/redskins- workers-fight-for-th eir-right-to-rights- employees-say

4.) If AH does have this illness/disease and the Redskins have put AH at risk. Is that grounds for a lawsuit by AH?

The bottom line is that Danny Snider has brought nothing but shame and ridicule to a once fine organization. Coach Mikey is just a symptom.

Posted by: ddawatson | August 23, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods, wife officially divorced


Elin Woods: Now that I'm young, white, rich, free and single, just what can you do for me that Tiger couldn't?

mistamoe: Plenty.

I come into this relationship with nothing.

And after I leave, you'll have even less.
=========================================
I wonder if she needs a manny (man nanny)?

Posted by: priceisright | August 23, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Through all of this, no one seems to have noticed that when Baltimore saw Haynesworth on the field, they decided to go right after him -- running play after play straight at him -- while marching steadily right on down the field.

It don't take a coaching genius to recognize that Redskins are always going to be vulnerable to up the middle -- or around his end -- at least whenever the Dude is on the field.

Long and short of it: if I'm Shanahan, I refuse to play to Dude until I am convinced he is up to the challenge. And frankly, we haven't seen it yet -- and doubt if we ever will.

AH92 = Weakest Link

Posted by: Vic1 | August 23, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

fart and belch

Posted by: ejharrisjr42 | August 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

fart and belch

Posted by: ejharrisjr42 | August 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

fart and belch

Posted by: ejharrisjr42 | August 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert = second coming of Daryl Gardener. After one year with MS both will move into oblivion.

Posted by: garmistry | August 23, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is making a big deal of AH crying...Of course he expects to play even tho he didn't practice...Look at CP last year...He'd never think of practicing before thursday during the year. The good players you let rest and bc they know what they are doing they perform during the game.
Haynesworth is a baby for sure and he thought he had more clout than he did. Shanny thought he was a stout leader everyone including Al would tremble in front of. THey both were wrong. They both are changing their approach with dealing with each other. They can hate each other all they want as long as they tolerate each other and perform they will be fine.

Noone mentions how with AH in both Orakpo and Carter got 11 sacks each. You think with out everyone dog piling on haynesworth up the middle they would have had more than 5 each? Fat chance. Al is the only DT we have worth doubling. Leaving the ends open to and OLB's to do what Suggs did to us on Sat.

Leave Al alone, noone is better at what he does when he is happy. The real issues are Mcnabbs health as Rex looks like garbage (why Chi didn'twin a superbowl...5 TO's in one game) and why the receivers can't catch balls thrown right at them. And where did Armstrong come from? I've not heard anything about him all year and he started and played just as much as Moss or anyone else. He's pretty good but we just got rid of a Randell El sized WR and have no good returners as of yet. Rock shouldnt have gotten cut, he got the ball to the 30 all day..Our average FP off of KO's were like the 17 yd line and our PR's don't know when to FCatch the ball and when to catch it...twice inside the 6?? THose are the issues not a overpayed whiny DT that will make everyone else around him look like studs once hes satisfied...

Posted by: DGreen28BestEver | August 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS FANS TIRED OF MEDIA DRAMA
i, for one, am sick of the media stirring up trouble ... i watched the interview with Albert ... and yes ... he said some things he shouldn't have (he IS human) ... but it was the media that was pressing him about the issue ... and then as soon as he complied by giving them their soundbites ... they turned to Shannahan and the other players to try to stir things up with them ... but of course it's Albert who is the villain ... I DON'T THINK SO !!! ... am i the only one that notices that it's the media creating the drama???? ... THE GREAT AND POWERFUL D.C. MEDIA ... who can do no wrong ... and it's not just D.C. ... the media everywhere thinks the sport exists for them ... to give them a platform to perform ... they are the "headliners" ... they are the "show" ... they dictate where our attention is ... and if the players and coaches don't cooperate ... they get fined ... if the Redskins players could really tell you who they are sick of ... who do think they would say??? ... oh yes ... THE MEDIA ... i love the way Shannahan responded by not addressing the issue ... it's between Albert and the team ... the media is simply looking for drama ... and by all accounts Albert has been towing the line (consult the interview with Fletcher - and if you don't belive him then you need medication) ... so he got frustrated ... he was low key ... and he was goaded into saying things he shouldn't have ... but the real evidence of who is creating the drama is what happened next ... the media went straight to the coaches and players and tried to get them to react ... is this what we as fans really want from our media???? ... is this the impact we want the media to have on our teams??? ... fans, players and coaches alike, all want the team to be successfull ... the media wants drama ... they have the Jerry Springer Syndrome ... anything for some good conflict and drama ... who cares if it's at the expense of harmony and good chemistry in the locker room ... it's what they think we fans want ... so it's up to us to show it's not ok ... i would love to see fans just post two words over and over and over and over for the next couple of days ... COME ON FANS !!! ... they have given us a voice with these posts and comments ... let's use it ... if you want our Redskins to get down to work and stop the distractions of the Haynesworth situation ... then let's make the media STOP THE DRAMA ... just post: "LAY OFF" ... two words ... again and again and again until they get the message ... for once let's stand united in a cause ... let's get behind our Redskins (even Albert) and let the coaches and players determine the mood with Albert ... NOT THE DRAMA QUEENS OF THE MEDIA ... POST IT !!!! ... "LAY OFF"

Posted by: obx13 | August 23, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm a die hard Redskins fan and yes McNabb gets hurt often during the season. He is 33 years old and is not ass durable as he used to be. People talk about him running when the line breaks down. Bologna, HE DOESN'T RUN THE BALL anymore. HE over threw passes in PHILLY too. That's why they let him leave.

We've beaten a Donovan McNugget Philly led team with Jaason Campbell before, maybe even twice. Good rittens to JC because his time here was done but this team's success will again lie on the strength of our offensive line. I DONT CARE WHO THE QB is. I'v believed this for the last 3 1/2 years and I said this immediately after we traded for McNugget.

Oh yeah, and McNugget is a definite uprade because of what he has done over his NFL carrer and I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. You next check will ultimatley be determined by what you do going forward. Will be interesting. I just callit like I see it and I'm not making any excuses for him becasue he is Donovan McNabb. Stay tuned.

Posted by: JWADE4 | August 24, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me or has the whole Haynesworth drama gotten really old? It would've been great throughout training camp to have actually heard a lot more about the rest of the team. AH's obviously a bad seed and the media is drawn to his melodrama like mosquitoes to a blood bank.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 24, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Through all of this, no one seems to have noticed that when Baltimore saw Haynesworth on the field, they decided to go right after him -- running play after play straight at him -- while marching steadily right on down the field.

It don't take a coaching genius to recognize that Redskins are always going to be vulnerable to up the middle -- or around his end -- at least whenever the Dude is on the field.

Long and short of it: if I'm Shanahan, I refuse to play to Dude until I am convinced he is up to the challenge. And frankly, we haven't seen it yet -- and doubt if we ever will.

AH92 = Weakest Link

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Your football IQ is ridiculous you can find no coach, teammate, or professional with no how that you will concur with your ridiculous claim, even those who vehemently oppose his handling of this situation will tell you that he is the only lineman on the team that can make a difference.

Posted by: impartial1 | August 24, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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