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Haynesworth plans to rest knee another day

Apparently, Albert Haynesworth needs another day off to rest his sore knee.

The Pro Bowl defensive lineman, who injured his knee while twice failing to pass a difficult conditioning test during the first two days of Redskins training camp, plans to sit out again today in hopes of passing Monday and being cleared to practice, two people familiar with the situation said early Sunday morning.

One source said, however, said that Haynesworth could change his mind and insist on being retested before Sunday's morning practice. But the source also described such a scenario as being unlikely.

Haynesworth's knee was swollen when he arrived at Redskins Park on Saturday, prompting team medical personnel to recommend treatment and rest before he again attempts to complete two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs. Coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins' top football official, will not permit Haynesworth, who skipped all but one day of Shanahan's first offseason conditioning program, to practice until he passes the test.

Haynesworth,who team officials acknowledge dropped 35 pounds in the offseason, fared well in the first phase of his initial attempt Thursday, but needed a lavatory break and was unable to complete the test upon his return. He also ran well in stretches Friday, said Ray Wright, Washington's strength coach. Although the two-time all-pro has not been permitted to work on the field with his teammates, he has received individual tutoring each day from defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney. Haynesworth is very far behind his teammates in learning Washington's new 3-4 scheme, so Haslett and Burney are doing what they can to help get him up to speed. Several team sources, however, say Haynesworth eventually must join in 11-on-11 drills if the team hopes to have him ready to start the season.

By Jason Reid  |  August 1, 2010; 6:51 AM ET
 
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Comments

How pathetic are DT and Mk that old man Joey Galloway is ahead of them? The stench of the Cerrato era lingers.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 1, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

swollen knee? this injury sounds like a result of inactivity. one thing to loose a weight - another thing entirely to train and prepare the body. Fire the trainer AH. You would have done better w/ P90X.

Posted by: pgustav | August 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I love the discipline that Shanny is bringing to Washington. There was absolutely no excuse for AH to miss any of the off season activities, especially after all of the money he got. I see a quick turn around, similar to what happens when Bill Parcells comes to a horrible team. Anyone else notice how Portis has been very quiet? He showed up in great shape and is working hard and not giving interviews to certain radio outlets. He should have his best season yet in DC.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 1, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he doesn't wany to practice with his teamates? Or maybe his feelings are hurt? Maybe just maybe, he is wallowing in self pitty? Who knows, who cares... I want to hear more from the guys who are practicing.

Posted by: Burrasta1 | August 1, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I coach basketball. Suicides are used to help get players in shape. The drill AH is performing is similar. Fact is though, they are not game realistic. You can pass the test, but the absence of having 300 pound men pounding on you won’t tell you if you are truly in shape. I am for discipline, teaching a lesson, etc., but if you loose an opportunity to utilize one of the best defensive players in the league due to a non-contact injury to prove a point and you are a 4-12 team, well that’s just not smart imo.

Posted by: edavis291 | August 1, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I coach basketball. Suicides are used to help get players in shape. The drill AH is performing is similar. Fact is though, they are not game realistic. You can pass the test, but the absence of having 300 pound men pounding on you won’t tell you if you are truly in shape. I am for discipline, teaching a lesson, etc., but if you loose an opportunity to utilize one of the best defensive players in the league due to a non-contact injury to prove a point and you are a 4-12 team, well that’s just not smart imo.

Posted by: edavis291 | August 1, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I agree with edavis291. Discipline has it's time and place, but consider the fans' perspective: We don't want to lose our best defensive player to a non-contact injury borne of the coach's own creation.

Get Haynesworth out on the field and learning our scheme. That's what we, the fans, need if we're going to have any sort of defensive success this year.

Posted by: drischord | August 1, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Which is why I say thank GOD all the fans get to do is watch, while the coaches get to coach and make all the decisions.

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 1, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

If HR Puff N Stuff can stay on the field for more than 3 plays in a row it will be a miracle!

Defensive lineman Jack Youngblood played with a BROKEN LEG back in the day!

Players these days are Soft Like Butter!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | August 1, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

edavis/drischord...

You are thinking about this all wrong. If he is not in shape to pass this drill and suffers a "Non Contact" injury....then what do you think would happen to him if he's thrown into the mix with contact?

Step one is to be in shape to pass the non contact test, then he's ready for contact, get it?

Your analysis is like saying a boxer should not workout or do anything but fight because they might get hurt doing something that's not fighting, even enough that non fight training gets them physically able to fight.

I can't believe anyone has a problem with this!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 1, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

If the theory is to keep him out of contact until he can prove that he is fit enough for that, then why keep him from participating in walkthroughs. The other day the rest of the team was going through walkthroughs with baseball caps and they still kept him out of that. This is just stupid.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

This is just stupid."

No it's not.

The coaches are also finding out if he atually wants to be a team member or just an "individual."

He does the drill then he can be with the team.

I think you have a lot of people actually pulling for him to do this so he CAN be apart of the team.

It's not stupid at all, and I am bummed his knee is messed up BUT that is all on Fat Al.

He can't do a simple drill then how is going to play 60 snaps a game for 3 hours on Sunday??

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels knows best, he is quite aware of the impact Haynesworth will make in this defense, if I'm not mistaken, Phillip Daniels was almost lobbying to get him in quickly. When it comes to Albert, Redskins defense is just an ordinary defense without him, with him, we are top defense. Guys don't be fooled, we need Albert. Phillip knows he and Golston combined is not even close to equal one Albert. Enough stupidity, get Albert in!

Posted by: abxinc | August 1, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The childish mind games Shanahan is playing are inappropriate anywhere above the high school level. He's already caused Haynesworth to have a swollen knee, yet he won't back off the game. If this goes on beyond Monday, I'm expecting the league to get involved.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Expect the Dude doesn't realize that the muscles can get a litle sore and swollen when you exercise.

It's not like he has ever done much of that now, has he?

Posted by: Vic1 | August 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up guys....this is trainng camp...when the bell sounds then that is the time to judge a player...all this means nothing if he performs well once the season starts...

Each day Albert doesn't train, the media loves it because it keeps controversy on the front page...training camp should be boring for fans...a wait and see time until the bell rings....

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 1, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to get Haynesworth out on the field. It's become a distraction and it's time to move to on.

Haynesworth just received $21 Million so what does he care if Shanahan is trying to punish him. He is one of the team's best players and this whole thing is now hurting the team.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | August 1, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Everytime you think of Shanahan making Albert run those shuttles, visualize the Vinny and Danny years out there getting their a$$es kicked, like in The Waterboy. It's not a fitness test, it's an exorcism. We're going to learn right here and now whether Albert wants to be a part of a team or not. No wondering about it midway through the year. And Shanny is making clear

Posted by: minorthread | August 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Everytime you think of Shanahan making Albert run those shuttles, visualize the Vinny and Danny years out there getting their a$$es kicked, like in The Waterboy. It's not a fitness test, it's an exorcism. We're going to learn right here and now whether Albert wants to be a part of a team or not. No wondering about it midway through the year. And Shanny is making clear whose house this is.

Posted by: minorthread | August 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Big Al deserves what he is getting and it seems that many of you are forgetting how he hurt the team throughout the offseason by not participating. That was his choice. If he can't run drills without getting hurt, what makes you think getting him to practice immediately will help the team. Last year he was out-of-shape and could barely stay on the field. Shanahan should force him into shape so that we, the fans, can get a little ROI.

Posted by: Bigwheel1 | August 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

AH has not earned the right to play with his teammates,he should have to pass the test. I would rather lose AH, than lose the whole team.Football is a team sport not an individual sport,and the coach is in charge.Now the whole team will get the message and maybe every player will understand prima donnas will not be tolerated. GO SHANNY

Posted by: wheelerd | August 1, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Snyder. I'm 50++ years old (ok I’m almost 60) and out of shape, but if you give me 1/10 what you promised Albert. I will shed the excess weight, and hit the field. I might (will) get my$$ kicked, but will in one form or another give you your money’s worth.
I will show up, on time and ready for any camp. I will work with the coaching staff and attend all meetings and functions ready to perform unless I'm in the hospital or morgue. I will say nice things about Mike and sing his song around the campfire. I will extol your virtues as a savvy business man during ESPN interviews and argue the point you know more about football than, let’s say Jerry Jones, or Charlie Bidwell. It's a win-win, not to mention the savings; could get you a free agent to replace me when I'm carried off the field and still be ahead by quite a few million.

Posted by: misner52 | August 1, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Enough already! How many of common folk are fired for incompetence, poor performance, abuse of leave, and have to go on the offensive to get your last paycheck? He has been well paid...he should retire.

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | August 1, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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