Teammates, Coaches React To Albert Haynesworth's Postgame Comments

Many of Albert Haynesworth's teammates were critical of Haynesworth's comments following last Saturday's loss to the Ravens. Coach Mike Shanahan, however, declined to comment further.

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Coach Cowher Sides With Shanahan

First it was players and coaches within the Washington Redskins organization weighing in on the tiff between Mike Shanahan and disgruntled defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. Now another recognizable face has jumped into the fold to share his opinions on the saga – Bill Cowher.

Cowher, now an analyst for CBS, told Sporting News that Shanahan is taking the correct stance in the situation.

“Mike is doing what he needs to do and handling it real well,” Cowher said Tuesday. “As a new coach there, he has to take the rest of his players into consideration.”

Haynesworth is the Redskins’ biggest physical presence and integral to their defensive success, but Shanahan never has put one player above all.

“It’s more than just about reaching an individual,” Cowher said. “He’s sending a good message to the team.”


Mike Shanahan Talks To Albert Haynesworth, Declines To Reveal Details

One day after sharply criticizing Albert Haynesworth in an interview with Fanhouse, Mike Shanahan told reporters that he had a talk with his disgruntled defensive tackle. However, Shanahan declined to reveal details and refused to address the Haynesworth situation any further.

Via Mike Jones of TBD:

Shanahan: "Any conversations i have w a player, I keep it between me and a player, not adress it to the world."less than a minute ago via txt


Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett also wouldn't comment on Haynesworth's comments, except to say "but all that's gonna be cut out real soon."


Albert Haynesworth's Teammates Respond To His Latest Outburst

The Albert Haynesworth saga continues to wear on Haynesworth's teammates. Many of them were asked about Haynesworth's latest tirade prior to practice today, and their frustration was clear. 

Backup defensive end Phillip Daniels led the way. Via Mike Jones of TBD:

Daniels on Haynesworth: 'I guess he was frustrated w when he played, but i played fourth quarter too. Just play football.'less than a minute ago via txt


Daniels was reportedly "surprised" at Haynesworth's outburst because he felt Haynesworth had done a lot of good things leading up to the Baltimore game. 

Lorenzo Alexander was also frustrated when he was asked about the subject. Via Redskins Insider.

Players definitely tired of talking about Haynesworth. Lorenzo Alexander: "We talked about it all offseason & we continue to talk about it"less than a minute ago via web

Alexander: "At some point, you got to stop going back and forth with it....Just a bad judgment call on his part, as far as forcing it out...less than a minute ago via web

Alexander: "You can't go back and forth in the media... It's only going to cause distractions and this is all we're going to focus on..."less than a minute ago via web

Alexander: "...We're not going to focus on the game and what happened in the game, what's going on with the Jets."less than a minute ago via web


Clearly, the team wants to move forward. Naturally, it was linebacker London Fletcher, the most respected member on the team, who took some steps towards doing that. He reportedly had a "long chat" with Haynesworth this morning, and afterwards, he proclaimed that the team is "moving forward." It remains to be seen whether the talk got to Haynesworth, but he did practice today, for what it's worth.


Mike Shanahan Responds To Albert Haynesworth's Comments, Denies Haynesworth's Muscle Ailment

In an interview today with Fanhouse, Mike Shanahan addressed Albert Haynesworth's comments to the media in the locker room following the team's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

"One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing,'' Shanahan said. "That will not happen under this regime. If he's going to play, he's going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over. And that, to me, says it all.''

Shanahan added that he was "Not aware of that'' when asked about Haynesworth's reported rhabdomyolysis.

Quite a different tone from Haynesworth's comments yesterday. Haynesworth seemed to infer that it was the coaches' decision to hold him out of practice due to his headaches. It certainly makes sense that Haynesworth should not be playing in games with the first team when he is not yet able to fully practice, but the question of why he is not practicing remains unresolved.

We don't have confirmation yet whether or not Shanahan used "air quotes" at all during the interview.


Report: Haynesworth Sidelined Last Week Due To Rare Muscle Condition

Today, we find out a little bit more about why Albert Haynesworth was upset about how Mike Shanahan and the coaching staff talked about his "headaches" as Albert put it.

According to Jason Reid and Rick Maese, Haynesworth was sidelined for the majority of last week due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. Never heard of it? Reid and Maese spoke with a doctor who provided an explanation of the condition:

Rhabdomyolysis is basically a condition in which you have extensive muscle breakdown," said Dr. Lynne P. Yao, chairman-elect of the National Kidney Foundation. "It doesn't happen as often in well-conditioned athletes, but if there's really extreme circumstances -- like extremely hot weather -- than that could happen. when you have large amounts of muscle breakdown."

Experts say rhabdomyolysis is a breakdown of muscle fibers, which prompts the release of toxic myoglobin into the bloodstream.


Video: Haynesworth Rips Coaching Staff, Defends His Offseason Workouts

CSN Washington has the video up of Albert Haynesworth's comments to the media following the Redskins 23-3 loss to the Ravens that were detailed earlier. If you were hoping the comments wouldn't sound as harsh on video as they did on paper, your hopes will soon be crushed.


Haynesworth Unleashes On Coaching Staff

Albert Haynesworth sounded off against Mike Shanahan and the Redskins coaching staff after tonight’s 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Via Ryan O’Halloran’s Twitter feed:

92: “I was told I had ‘headaches’ or whatever and that’s why I couldn’t go out and practice. I think it was a little bit more than that.”

Asked if he was being punished for skipping off-season, 92 said: “Next year, I’m not coming either. I’ll be with my trainer again and come back in the same shape I’m in and feel good about myself.”

Lastly, Albert said: “I’m a ninth year pro. I don’t think I should have been out there in the third quarter.”

Some pretty strong words from the NFL’s chief malcontent. Looking like Haynesworth may have punched his ticket out of town, which is what he’s wanted all along.

A full transcript of the interview via the Examiner's John Keim can be found here.


NFL Preseason: Ravens Dominate the Redskins 23-3

The Ravens held a clear advantage tonight against the Redskins after a strong opening drive from Washington’s first-string offense.

After Donovan McNabb completed a 45-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong in the first quarter, the Redskins struggled to find any success against Baltimore’s ferocious pass rush.

There were several injuries that involved Mike Sellars (knee), LaRon Landry, Chris Wilson, Trent Williams (elbow) and Kareem Moore (knee).

Update: Landry was talking to reporters in the locker room afterward and seemed fine. Donovan McNabb's ankle was wrapped. Sellars' knee was heavily taped and he had a noticeable limp. Williams' forearm struck a helmet in the game, but he said he'll be fine.

McNabb told reporters he wants to practice this week. "I definitely feel as if I will be out there for the next practice," he said. "We will definitely see how it recovers."

More to come.


Ravens Add Third Field Goal Of The Night To Take A 23-3 Lead

Shayne Graham tacked on the third field goal of the night for the Ravens, converting a 24-yard attempt to give Baltimore a 23-3 lead.

Baltimore’s backups have thoroughly outclassed Washington’s as the second half has featured heavy pressure on Rex Grossman from the Ravens’ front seven.

Washington has some work to do this week in order to regroup against the Jets.


LB Wilson Injured in the Fourth Quarter

Redskins linebacker Chris WIlson was shaken up in the fourth quarter. Still waiting to hear about the extent of his injury.


NFL Preseason: Ravens Extend Their Lead Over The Redskins 20-3

Mark Bulger completed eight passes on a 14 play drive that was capped off with a three-yard TD run by running back Jalen Parmele. The possession took over four minutes off the clock.

The Ravens lead the Redskins 20-3 in a game where all the starters have taken a seat.

Donovan McNabb had a shaky performance, going 11-26 for 206 yards and an interception in one full half of work.

Trent Williams also suffered an elbow contusion in the first half.


NFL Preseason: Ravens Lead The Redskins 13-3 After The First Half

The Washington Redskins started this one off quickly, scoring on their first drive courtesy of a Graham Gano 25-yard field goal.

The points were set up by a beautiful 45-yard reception by Anthony Armstrong who continues to make a strong case for making the team’s final 53-man roster.

The Redskins converted a pair of third and long situations on the drive. Santana Moss made a 13-yard catch on 3rd-and-seven while Chris Cooley snagged a Donovan McNabb pass to move the chains on 3rd-and-14.

McNabb threw a pass behind Armstrong on 3rd-and-goal to bring out the kicking team.

The Ravens answered with a26 -yard field goal of their own by Billy Cundiff tying the score at three apiece.

The Ravens had taken the ball inside the Redskins’ ten, but the drive stalled when Derrick Mason was stopped four yards short of the marker on third down.

The Redskins committed two penalties on the drive and Andre Carter dropped a pass tipped in the air by Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain.

The Ravens added a TD on their next drive after a direct snap to safety Haruki Nakamura on fourth down led to a 51-yard scamper down to the Redskins’ one-yard line. The Ravens scored on the subsequent play as Willis McGahee pounded it in to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead.

Taking over for starter Joe Flacco, Ravens QB Mark Bulger completed five throws in a two-minute offense en route to another Billy Cundiff field goal. This time the kick came from 41 yards out and extended the Ravens’ lead to ten points, 13-3.

Mike Sellars, LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore were all shaken up in the first half. Each was attended to by trainers on the field and all three walked off under their own power.

Landry returned to the game shortly after his injury. Reed Doughty replaced Moore at free safety. Moore injured his right knee and his return is questionable.


Preview: Redskins, Ravens Get Ready To Renew Preseason Rivalry

(Sports Network) - The annual battle for Beltway-area bragging rights will kick off at FedEx Field on Saturday night, when the Washington Redskins play host to the Baltimore Ravens in the second preseason contest for each club.

Both the Redskins and Ravens were winners in their first preseason outings, though concerns surround each as late-August looms.

For Washington, the makeup of the running back depth chart could come into sharper focus on Saturday. Ex-Chief and Bengal Larry Johnson is expected to start against the Ravens, with Clinton Portis spelling him.

Portis had six carries for 22 yards in last Friday's 42-17 rout of the Buffalo Bills, while Johnson did not play in the contest.

Washington is also dealing with a depleted wide receiver corps heading into the Baltimore game, as Mike Furrey (concussions) was ruled out for the year earlier this week and Malcolm Kelly (hamstring/personal matter) is not expected to be in uniform.

That will leave fewer targets for quarterback Donovan McNabb, who should see more reps on Saturday after completing 5-of-8 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in his first action as a Redskin last week.

Defensively, Albert Haynesworth (illness) could miss the Baltimore game.

Baltimore, meanwhile, is contending with injuries of its own.

The biggest problem is in the secondary, where cornerback Domonique Foxworth (knee) is out for the year, safety Ed Reed (neck) could miss six games or more, and cornerback Lardarius Webb is rehabbing from a knee injury of his own and is unlikely to suit up on Saturday.

On the other side of the ball, the team is depleted at right tackle, where Jared Gaither (back) and Oniel Cousins (head) have both missed practice time this week. Gaither will not play on Saturday and Cousins' status is uncertain.

The Ravens started their preseason with a 17-12 win over the Carolina Panthers last Thursday. Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 8-of-12 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the triumph.

The Ravens lead the all-time preseason series with the Redskins, 3-2, breaking a deadlock in the series with a 23-0 victory at M&T Bank Stadium prior to last season.

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