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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Union files grievance on behalf of Haynesworth (updated)

By Barry Svrluga

Updated 12:45 p.m.

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on behalf of suspended Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, an attempt not to return Haynesworth to the field but to recoup some of his lost salary, according to his agent.

"I can confirm that the NFLPA has filed the appeal of Albert's four-game suspension," said Chad Speck, Haynesworth's agent, in a phone interview. "Albert wanted to return to the field and play immediately, but unfortunately that was not an option and therefore I recommended that we not expedite the appeal process."

Haynesworth and Speck could have pursued an expedited appeal that - if Haynesworth won - could have returned him to the team. But Speck said he believed that would have been pointless because he believes the Redskins would not have played Haynesworth even if the suspension was lifted.

"A victory in an expedited appeal would have forced the Redskins to reinstate him to the workplace but would not have forced them to play him," Speck said. "I anticipate they would have deactivated Albert for the remainder of the season and it made no sense to attempt to put him back into what has become a dysfunctional situation. Had there been any remedy available that actually would have put Albert back on the field this season, I would have pursued it."

Haynesworth's suspension, which Coach Mike Shanahan said was for conduct detrimental to the team, took effect Dec. 7, two days after Haynesworth was healthy but inactive for a loss against the New York Giants. If the suspension stands, Haynesworth is due to lose more than $847,000 - the pro-rated version of his base salary for the final four games of the season.

By Barry Svrluga  | December 17, 2010; 10:26 AM ET
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Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised... Hey NFLPA... it's called breach of contract.
Albert is just another reason why "Professional Athlete" has become an oxymoron.

Posted by: nosuchluck | December 17, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

and the NFLPA wonders why the public's perception of them, especially with the upcoming power struggle with the owners, isn't better...

Posted by: graywolf323 | December 17, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm just so comforted to know that the poor, downtrodden, overworked and under paid NFL football players have an organized union to protect them.

How in the world would they ever scrape together the money to buy those diamond stud earrings without the NFLPA? Or save enough money to buy Porches, Mercedes, Ferraris and Lamborghinis?

Posted by: SkinsKen | December 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Not that anyone gives a damn now... but gotta laugh at the agent's attempt to paint poor Albert as the victim here.

Whateves... just get the F outta here!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 17, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Can we file a grievance against Haynesworth?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Chad Speck -- classic. Thanks Mr. & Mrs. Speck, also known as the Specks.

Speck. Speck-tacular. Speck-ulum.

Being represented by Speck is to be Speckled.

Talking about Speck is Speck-ulation. If Chad were a potato he'd be a Speck-tator.

Speck-tackles - what Haynesworth didn't do while on the field

Posted by: 44fx2901 | December 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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