There was some interesting actual news that came out of head coach Mike Shanahan’s Monday press conference. LaRon Landry actually will test out his injured Achilles this week, for one thing. Ryan Torain is cleared to practice without restriction, for another. And Trent Williams should be good to go for Sunday’s game.
But before we got to any of that, there was a whole raft of questions about Albert Haynesworth. And on that subject, there was only one bit of concrete news.
“Before I address any questions about Albert,” Shanahan said, “I wanna sit down and talk to Albert myself over the next couple of days. I had a chance to talk with our team today as I normally do on a Monday, but before I go into any detail about Albert, I’ll sit down and talk to Albert and address it with you [media types] on Wednesday.”
With that clearly stated and out of the way, Shanhan promptly fielded five more questions about Haynesworth.
Shanahan wouldn’t say he WOULD be released, nor would he say he wouldn’t. The conversation might take place today, or tomorrow, or Wednesday. This situation was not entirely atypical, in Shanahan’s NFL experience.
Then the coach tried again. “I know you guys wanna ask the question fifty different ways so we can talk about it a little bit more in detail,” he said, “but we’ll talk more about it on Wednesday, okay? I can be a little bit more thorough, tell you about how our conversation went in as much detail as I can, and maybe you’ll get some of the questions answered.”
The members of the media absorbed this, interpreted it, and proceeded to ask five more questions about Haynesworth.
Shanahan clarified that he could not confirm the ESPN report that he would NOT release Haynesworth; addressed the balance between maintaining discipline and having a good player on the field; and declined to explain on what he would base any decision regarding Haynesworth’s future and to clarify Haynesworth’s illness from the previous game.
Finally, in response to the question of if he would consult the team captains regarding the Haynesworth situation, Shanahan tried one more time. “What happens within the confines of our headquarters stays within the confines of our headquarters,” he said. “I try to get as much information as I possibly can before making decisions, and try to base those decisions on what’s in the best interests of our football team.”
The media was seemingly sated. They asked about a few injured players — including the updates that are on the top of this recap — and then one intrepid reporter asked if Shanahan was surprised by how long the Haynesworth drama had persisted.
“I’ll handle those Albert questions on Wednesday,” Shanahan said.
So, yeah, if you want Haynesworth news, it sounds like Wednesday is the day for you.
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