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Disgruntled Albert Haynesworth's Teammates Are Disgruntled With Him

Posted by Matt Terl on June 16, 2010 – 1:03 pm

If it hadn’t been for the weather, maybe there would be something else to talk about. Maybe the practice would’ve been interesting enough, would’ve generated enough on-the-field content, that absent defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth wouldn’t have been the only topic of conversation.

But the weather didn’t cooperate, wrath-of-God style sheets of rain drenched the start of practice, and head coach Mike Shanahan canceled the remainder rather than risk injury to any of the players. So it turned into all-Haynesworth, all the time.

Shanahan’s comments were the headliners, and rightfully so. Here’s the gist, as transcribed by Gary Fitzgerald at Redskins.com

“When I first talked with Albert back in February, and got a good feel on how he felt, and sat down and talked with his agent, we let Albert know at that time that we would give him until April 1 to go to any team he wanted to in the National Football League. So if he wasn’t pleased about playing nose tackle or any other position we had planned for him, then we would let him take a look at any team he wanted to go to.

“But on April 1, when we owed him a check for $21 million dollars, we said, ‘If you take that check, we do expect you to be the best defensive end, the best nose tackle–if we play you at free safety, we expect you to be the best free safety,’ even though he’d have to lose a little weight. Whatever position we play him at, that he would have to do the best job he possibly could and make the commitment to be the best football player.

“Obviously he took the check. So I was surprised he wasn’t here [at mini-camp], because I thought he did make that commitment once he took that check, that he wanted to be a Washington Redskin and he wanted to do the best thing for the Washington Redskins to help our defense and help our team win. Obviously it didn’t go in that direction. So we’re very disappointed.”

Also disappointed? The other Redskins players. Many of them have been quietly frustrated as this situation has played out, but they weren’t being quiet any more. Read more »

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Albert Haynesworth Apparently Not Attending 'Mandatory' Sessions Either

Posted by Matt Terl on June 16, 2010 – 9:01 am

Looking for a photo to put at the top of this article, I absent-mindedly went to the 2010 Photos folder on the network here. This was a pointless endeavor; the only things in that folder (aside from press conferences and individual photo shoots) are mini-camps, OTAs, and the Pro Bowl. Albert Haynesworth was involved in none of those things.

And that is, apparently, unlikely to change today.

I’m an incurable optimist — something that’s true of almost all sports fans, I guess — so even when the news broke last night that Haynesworth wouldn’t be showing up today, even when CSNWashington.com published a statement from Haynesworth on the subject, I had this faint idea that he’d still show up anyhow. And be in great shape. And have a terrific attitude.

That optimism — like so much other sports fan optimism — appears to have been completely unfounded. Larry Weisman of Redskins.com tweeted this morning, “Disgruntled Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth a no-show for 6:30 a.m. physical. So it begins.” Which prompted me to go look back at when it actually began. Read more »

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