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Albert Haynesworth Spends Christmas At Home

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 2:11 pm

The most interesting thing in practice today, at least from the portion I saw, actually took place before practice, when defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and head coach Jim Zorn (pictured above in happier times) had a lengthy conversation. It didn’t look like a particularly joyous chat, but I also didn’t think it reached the level of — as David Elfin of the Washington Times wrote — “a heated discussion.” Either way, after the conversation ended, Haynesworth went back to the locker room and departed the facility.

Coach Zorn addressed the issue while talking to the media after practice.“I sent Albert home,” he explained, “just for disciplinary reasons. I think that all that’ll be kept between Albert and I. He wasn’t belligerent or nasty to me, and I was not nasty to him. It was just something that needed to be done. It’s just between us and our football team, and I hope it stays that way.”

Zorn confirmed that it was stemmed from something that had happened this morning — several players later said that Haynesworth had been late to the team’s morning meeting — which Zorn characterized as “differences in logic, maybe, and differences of priority. So I handled things the way I felt I should, and he’ll be back tomorrow and he’ll be ready to go and play in the game.”

Haynesworth will play, but Zorn acknowledged that he might not start, partially because of the day’s incident, and partially because of nagging injuries. “He was limited in some of the things that he did yesterday,” Zorn said. “I know he feels better today, and he’ll feel better tomorrow. So I’ll have better clarifications tomorrow.”

The only player who wasn’t able to practice tomorrow — and who Zorn said was doubtful for Sunday’s game — was wide receiver Devin Thomas. Malcolm Kelly would start in his place at receiver; Rock Cartwright at kick returner.

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