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Haynesworth Not Worried About His Knee

I'm sitting in the Green Room at Comcast SportsNet, waiting to join my guy, Ivan Carter, on the set of Washington Post Live in about 10 minutes. Usually, I prefer to just chill before the show and collect my thoughts to try to appear really insightful (it usually doesn't work), but I felt compelled to delve into the apparent growing concern about Albert Haynesworth's knee.

Skins fans are expressing concern that Haynesworth sat out the afternoon session on Sunday, had his knee wrapped midway through practice and was scheduled to receive a Synvisc injection in his knee, which removes swelling and protects cartilage.

Is this the type of news Skins fans want? Obviously, it's not. But I've talked to Haynesworth a lot about his health and how he handles himself throughout the season, and I just don't get the sense he's too worried about this.

"Every year you have stuff you have to deal with," he told me the other day. "I know I can't really prevent this, but if I could stay healthy the whole year, then that would be a great year. I've played with stuff and I'm going to play with stuff now. I know what I can handle, and I know I can handle a lot."

Of the 112 regular-season games the Titans played in Haynesworth's seven seasons in Tennessee, he appeared in 90, including 74 starts. He played in all 16 games once -- his rookie season in 2002. The Redskins knew it was highly unlikely that Haynesworth would play in every game the length of his contract, or this season for that matter. They want the impact that he brings as much as he can, and that's what he plans to provide.

"Nobody has to worry about me," he said. "I've been doing this a long time now, and I know what I have to do."

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

foxtrot indigo foxtrot sierro tango.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 3, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

This is weird, Z. Every guy from the U would be beating on CP. "Whasa matta, bro? Done lost it? Sho thought you'd be goin' longer than this."

Posted by: talent_evaluator

doubt that would be an issue -- and it shouldn't matter. After all, CP would still get 300+ carries and a decent shot at 1,500 yards. Not many people would be taking shots at a guy with those numbers.

My thinking is a bit analogous to a baseball player getting a game off when a day game follows a night game. Heck, the SF Giants did that with Barry Bonds and I don't recall opposing pitchers taunting him over it ...

Posted by: zcezcest1

Zeke

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 3, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

indigo romeo,,that is.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 3, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

More from Redskins.com:

3:45 p.m. ET

Goal Line Drills

Moving right into 11-on-11 goal line action.

Ball placed at the 3-yard line, second-team offense vs. the first-team defense.

* First play, Todd Collins rolls right and finds Marko Mitchell in the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
* Will Montgomery makes a nice block to help spring Marcus Mason up the middle for another touchdown.
* Rock Cartwright takes a handoff from Collins, shifted left, but was met on by an unblocked Rocky McIntosh.
* Collins rolls right again, this time on a bootleg, but Phillip Daniels was left unblocked and he had a clear shot at Collins as he turned the corner. Collins accepted his fate and the play was called dead.
* On his first rep, Chase Daniel throws too fast to Dominique Dorsey, who was not open yet. H.B. Blades' tight coverage resulted in an incomplete pass.
* Anthony Alridge took a handoff and went left. He cut past a block and turned into the end zone for a score.
* Reed Doughty followed Todd Yoder as he went in motion. At the snap. Yoder was picked up by a blocker leaving Doughty to blitz into the backfield and disrupt a run by Dorsey.
* Daniel throws a crisp pass to a well-covered Fred Davis in the end zone for a touchdown.
* Next play, Daniel fumbles the snap (Devin Clark is there to gather it in) and walks off the field in obvious frustration.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 3, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

fifst???

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

surely our team docs vetted this issue before handing him $50 million in guranteess...right? Just like they checked out Malcolm Kelly b4 using a 2nd rd pick on him...

sorry. for a moment i forgot that captain is a delusional megalomaniac and the first mate is a pandering ignoramus.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Repost, since it's the only decent one I had today:
----------------------------
A few thoughts:

1. PDiddy makes me want to be a better poster.
2. Campbell is throwing to scrubs becuase when Colt takes over as starting QB we will still need JC to work with the scouting team offense during practice.
3. I also have a man crush on Chris Horton, there I said it.

Posted by: isnadd | August 3, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Z,

My first reaction to your subsitution plan was that it sounded baseball-like. And while I give you credit for thinking outside the box, I think if the idea had merit someone else would have thought of it a long time ago. The wear and tear of 162 baseball games lends itself to the kind of rotation you suggest and players not only understand it, they support it to a large extent.

But the culture of football, particularly in the NFL, does not encourage that sort of willingness to step aside. Players strive to earn the title of starter and they strive to establish reputations as the toughest of the tough. Few are tougher than Portis.

Unique idea. But not realistic. I do hope, however, the Zorn's creative mind is turning this one over too. Maybe he can find a more reasonable way to strike the balance between Portis and Betts.

Posted by: outsider6 | August 3, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

back at ya isnadd

isnadd, I find your thoughts undertstandable, alarming and more than acceptable, respectively. 2 out of 3 ain't bad

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 3, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Sacks and Turnovers.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 3, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody has to worry about me," he said. "I've been doing this a long time now, and I know what I have to do."--RI DUH MAYOR

Well that's certainly good news. But could we get a second opinion, like maybe from someone with more medical training than Albert, say a trained carp or an orthopedic sturgeon?

Posted by: TheCork | August 3, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

talent_evaluator

"...Zorn should like Twitter. No pornography..."

Yeah, I know, but the thing they have in common is that they both somehow cause you to use your hands.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 3, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

How to use Betts and Portis?

Portis starts, Betts plays 2nd and 3rd quarter, Portis finishes the game.

Reduce Betts carries sometime around Thanksgiving, and a fresher Portis is ready for a playoff run.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 3, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

theCork

(INSERT Groucho Marx voice and image)

"...But could we get a second opinion, like maybe from someone with more medical training than Albert, say a trained carp or an orthopedic sturgeon?"

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

My take is that CP carry 5 in a row, Betts steps in to give a 2 or 3 carry breather.

Posted by: abxinc | August 3, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: _Stumped_ | August 3, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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