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Haynesworth tests knee, skips conditioning test

After testing his sore knee, Albert Haynesworth apparently did not take his conditioning test early Monday morning at Redskins Park.

The Pro Bowler jogged lightly on the field in anticipation of his third attempt to pass the test of two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs, but quickly determined his knee was too sore for him to run hard. Haynesworth and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett talked as they walked off the field and returned to the complex's main building.

After Haynesworth injured his knee while running Friday, team medical personnel suggested he rest and receive therapy before attempting the test again. Coach Mike Shanahan will not permit Haynesworth, who missed all but one day of Shanahan's first offseason program, to participate in practice until he passes the test. It is unclear whether Haynesworth plans to run again in the next few days.

Haynesworth, who is far behind his teammates in learning the team's new 3-4 scheme, has worked individually with Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney while his teammates have practiced. If he can pass the conditioning test, Haynesworth is expected to start at right end this season.

By Jason Reid  |  August 2, 2010; 7:52 AM ET
 
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what a Shabingus

Posted by: CheyenneWY | August 2, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

REPOST:

Peter King this morning on Albert Haynesworth:

... The bottom line is if Haynesworth were in tip-top shape, he'd pass it. I think if a player has made $35 million in the past 16 months, he ought to be in tip-top shape entering camp.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 7:48 AM |

On the other hand, with $35 M burning a hole in your pocket, you easy have access to:

1. Strippers
2. Ferraris
3. Power boats

Which distracts you from being in tip-top shape, doesn't it?

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The Pro Bowler jogged lightly on the field in anticipation of his third attempt to pass the test of two, timed 300-yard shuttle runs, but quickly determined his knee was too sore for him to run hard. Haynesworth and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett talked as they walked off the field and returned to the complex's main building.

This test stuff is starting to look like a Mexican Standoff. Like at the beginning of "No Country For Old Men", dudes are holding cocked guns to each other's heads and one twitchy finger detonates a mass wipeout.

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

brownie and Cindy Boren...errr...beep-beep,

Re: McNabb's extension

I've not yet read Wise or King on the matter, but did they make mention of a scenario where McNabb is a one-year rental here and then moves on to Arizona or Minnesota where he is just as likely - and probably more likely - to win a SB in the next 2-3 years??

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

This test stuff is starting to look like a Mexican Standoff. Like at the beginning of "No Country For Old Men", dudes are holding cocked guns to each other's heads and one twitchy finger detonates a mass wipeout.

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:06 AM |

Mexican standoff? Haynesworth's made himself into the laughing stock of the league. Your idea of a Mexican standoff is when a guy can't get his gun out of his holster and shoots himself in the knee.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

What's the rush signing McNabb long term? Make him play first.

I still cringe thinking about what the Skins already gave for this guy -- a 2nd and 3rd/4th let's not add insult to injury by spending $40 million. At least not before getting some of Albert's bonus money back...

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 2, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 2, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

In truth, AH has no incentive to push himself to pass this test.

He can continue to work on the side indefinitely with the trash cans to learn the basic philosophy of the defense. If he were to lineup with teammates, he wouldn't know what to do.

His best move is to incrementally work his conditioning up while working on the side with coaches to pick up the scheme.

But I am glad to hear that he learning mostly RDE. AH is a doosche, but I've always thought that trying to play him at NT was a stupid waste - kind of like taking Larry Fitzgerald and making him your blocking tight end.

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse


“The next time we talk about this,” Shanahan told reporters, “is when he’s practicing with us.”

Hess is loving the way Shanahan coaches, 100% ! And Allen's not running his mouth, like Cerrato use to. Coach is coaching, GM is running the FO, And $nyder appears to be a fan again. So why do we need AH on the team ? For all that say he's our best defensive player, don't you have to be in football shape to accomplish that merit ? Dump him for whatever we can get for him, and let's move on.

Posted by: hessone | August 2, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Also, looking more and more like Albert's gonna phuc up ..the dude just can't get it together to play football.

Anyone know how the process begins to go after the $21 million?

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 2, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

AH is a joke.

I tried this stupid 300 yd shuttle this weekend, and scored 59.3 sec on the first try and a 60.4 on the second try... I am 46 years old. My son who is 11 years old did it in 65 and 68 seconds. What the heck did the 100 million dollar man do all off season to earn his $21 million check? Answer: NOTHING. The guy should be ashamed of himself, but I am thinking he is not ashamed of himself, because that would require a work ethic, which AH obviously does not possess. Cut him. Take the lose, and cut the cancer out.

Posted by: steved1 | August 2, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Mexican standoff? Haynesworth's made himself into the laughing stock of the league. Your idea of a Mexican standoff is when a guy can't get his gun out of his holster and shoots himself in the knee.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:10 AM

The laughingstock of the league is the guy who toes the company line and gets cut as soon as they get a better, cheaper player to replace him. Albert, on the other hand, has taken Snyder's money and will miraculously recover from his knee pain as soon as we cut him. He's not the laughingstock, he's a hero (in some eyes).

Get that fat POS outta here!! He's not worth the distraction!!

Posted by: Skinz4Lyfe | August 2, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

So they should put a Ferrari 50 yards from his racing boat and have him run between the two of them six times in 70 seconds? The strippers can hold the stop watch.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:01 AM |

I think that the separation is 25 yards. But it might work. And it would make for good media, wouldn't it? Especially if the strippers were clad in nothing but G-strings.

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Peter King finally says something about the redskins I agree with. The world must be coming to an end.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 2, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

He's not the laughingstock, he's a hero (in some eyes).

Get that fat POS outta here!! He's not worth the distraction!!

Posted by: Skinz4Lyfe | August 2, 2010 8:16 AM

Where have you seen anyone, other than on this board, write that "he's a hero"? The only things I've seen or heard refer to him as a word that rhymes with heard. And everyday that he can't pass this test, he's looking worse.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

at least AH doesn't have a hangnail... he'd be out for the season and any remaining trade value would disappear.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 2, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: steved1 | August 2, 2010 8:15 AM

That's an easy co-sign

Posted by: hessone | August 2, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

pred, what did he say?

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 2, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: steved1 | August 2, 2010 8:15 AM |

Get one of them weight jackets that cross trainers jog with and then report back on the results. Thkx.

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

IMO Shanny is handling this badly - but not in the way most others are. I believe that if endurance is what they want to test and not back and forth agility, then give AH a pure endurance test (i.e. 15 25-yard sprints in the same direction within an allotted time). Since he is doing the one with more changes of direction, then he gets to not only practice (at least run-throughs), but also get some extra endurance work on the sideline after practice (punishment) until he passes. Having him on the sideline during practices does nothing to help the defensive line gel. Granted, not showing up to OTA's doesn't help that either, but AH is here and willing to work - so it makes sense to make the most of it while showing everyone that Shanny still is in control.

I don't understand why everyone thinks that the only way Shanny can exert control is if he holds AH out of practices. Why not just have him practice with the second or third string and then punish him after practice until he "passes" whatever test Shanny wants him to.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | August 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

It's an old managment axiom -- you spend 90 percent of your time on 10 percent of your people -- and it can really become counterproductive when you spend too much time on your "problem children."

Seems like the Dude is hogging lots of time and attention from the coaching staff... perhaps at the expense of their spending time with the other 80 or 90 honest players who sincerely want to be there, learn the scheme and do whatever they can to help the team win this season.

Personally, I think the team should hire Albert's "personal trainer" -- the guy who purportedly was helping AH92 improve his burst and stamina in the off-season -- to coach up Albert enough to get him through the test -- that is, if and when he actually decides to take it.

But as for the rest of the coaching staff, I'd just have them ignore the lazy oaf until such time as he actually shows an interest and ability to do something more worthwhile than just stealing their time and attention away from others who are more willing, able and deserving.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I've not yet read Wise or King on the matter, but did they make mention of a scenario where McNabb is a one-year rental here and then moves on to Arizona or Minnesota where he is just as likely - and probably more likely - to win a SB in the next 2-3 years??

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:08 AM


Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me...AZ could have traded for him themselves if they wanted him (and you'd think the Eagles would be happy to accomodate since they're not in the NFC East anymore) and no one would have batted an eye. The Vikings weren't interested for obvious reasons. I think McNabb is sincere in wanting to be here and dude already bought a house in the area. Doesn't seem like the actions of a man who thinks he'll be one-and-done.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 2, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why everyone thinks that the only way Shanny can exert control is if he holds AH out of practices. Why not just have him practice with the second or third string and then punish him after practice until he "passes" whatever test Shanny wants him to.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | August 2, 2010 8:29 AM

He can't practice because he failed the conditioning test. You don't fail it and then practice with the second string or third sting. If you fail it, you're not in condition to practice with anyone, even the strippers.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

“The next time we talk about this,” Shanahan told reporters, “is when he’s practicing with us.”

Hess is loving the way Shanahan coaches, 100% ! And Allen's not running his mouth, like Cerrato use to. Coach is coaching, GM is running the FO, And $nyder appears to be a fan again. So why do we need AH on the team ? For all that say he's our best defensive player, don't you have to be in football shape to accomplish that merit ? Dump him for whatever we can get for him, and let's move on.

Posted by: hessone | August 2, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

hess, we're paying him to be disruptive within a 10-yard circle from where we line him up, either at DE or NT. We want him to run over an OT or C and G, stomp on the OG on his way to pancake QB. If someone gets past him with the ball, I do not expect him to run him down from behind. We have LB's and DB's who are faster to do that.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 2, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

No comment.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how much of this excuse-making by Haynesworth is just an attempt at putting off the inevitable awkward reunion with his team mates? I wouldn't discount the idea he is less than enthusiastic about joining london fletcher and phillip daniels, and is just sub-consciously using this test as the reason to prolong not having to deal with them...especially given they know the defense and he doesn't.

Really, I doubt a mildly swollen knee would typically keep you out of a five minute drill if you wanted to pass it. Players play with pain all the time.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 2, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

So, now AH's knee is bothering him? How's this guy going to hold up all season long if he can't even pass a test of a few sprints? I am betting he couldn't pass this test last season either, which is just another indictment of Zorn's poor philosophy of letting the vets off easy. I am sure there is some excluisvely upper body work they can run him through that keeps the cardio up while his knee recovers. Of course, now that I think about it, swelling in the knee is probably an indicator that something else is wrong -next comes scoping the knee...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 2, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

No comment.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 2, 2010 8:35 AM |

You can come back and comment later, after you've passed your conditioning test.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 2, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse


@JesusFreakKaren

Karen, Shanahan is quoted as saying he wants AH to pass this test and prove he's in football shape. Shanahan feels if AH can't pass the test, then AH runs the risk of injury. I think this knee deal is just more AH drama.

Posted by: hessone | August 2, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

It's starting to look more and more like I originally said:

They're going to bench him. At this point I don't think there's much else to do.

Fatty Stompsworth isn't going to kowtow to Shenannigans and Staresahan isn't going to allow the Tijuanna Tuba back in the lineup without some serious crow enchilada eatin'.

nah.gunnah.dewhit.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 2, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why everyone thinks that the only way Shanny can exert control is if he holds AH out of practices. Why not just have him practice with the second or third string and then punish him after practice until he "passes" whatever test Shanny wants him to.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | August 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

See my post @ 8:13.

Conditioning aside, AH still needs to learn the basic concepts of the scheme. What would be the point of lining him up with the second-stringers if he doesn't yet know what to do? How does that help the unit?

Anyways, I think there is an implicit message here that Shanny is sending which is right on: Being part of this team is a PRIVILEGE and not an entitlement. If you want to practice with the team, like a full member of the team, then earn it.

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

hess, we're paying him to be disruptive within a 10-yard circle from where we line him up, either at DE or NT. We want him to run over an OT or C and G, stomp on the OG on his way to pancake QB. If someone gets past him with the ball, I do not expect him to run him down from behind. We have LB's and DB's who are faster to do that.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 2, 2010 8:33 AM |

But think back to the Steelers/AZ Super Bowl. The Steelers came within one giant gasp of losing because Harrison got winded and almost didn't make it across the goal line. If he had passed the AH test in training camp this would never have been a problem.

Posted by: Yammerstein | August 2, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

In truth, AH has no incentive to push himself to pass this test.

He can continue to work on the side indefinitely with the trash cans to learn the basic philosophy of the defense. If he were to lineup with teammates, he wouldn't know what to do.

His best move is to incrementally work his conditioning up while working on the side with coaches to pick up the scheme.

But I am glad to hear that he learning mostly RDE. AH is a doosche, but I've always thought that trying to play him at NT was a stupid waste - kind of like taking Larry Fitzgerald and making him your blocking tight end.

Posted by: p1funk | August 2, 2010 8:13 AM

I agree with this. AH's swollen knee is the best thing that happened regarding this situation. The process needs to be slowed down. Let the next time AH run the test he's cardio upped, and rehearsed the technique Ray Wright talked about. This team needs to get past the daily vigil on AH's ability to pass this test.

Posted by: TWISI | August 2, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know what I was going to do after Lindsay went to jail.

Thank heavens for Shuttlegate!

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 2, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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