ASHBURN VA - AUGUST 06: Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field after missing his eighth consecutive day of practice during Redskins training camp on August 6 2010 in Ashburn Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Albert Haynesworth Inactive Sunday With Ankle Injury

The ankle injury that slowed Albert Haynesworth in practice all week kept him off the field entirely on Sunday.

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Albert Haynesworth Inative Against Texans With Ankle Injury

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was inactive against the Texans on Sunday reportedly because of the ankle injury that slowed him throughout practice this week. The conspiracy theory here is obviously that the Redskins deactivated Haynesworth for other, more personal reasons. Ryan O'Halloran adds fuel to that fire.

Haynesworth was limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after spraining his ankle during the first workout of the week. He was listed as questionable on the Redskins’ final injury report.

The big question now is whether Haynesworth was legitimately injured or the Redskins have finally become fed up with his attitude.

At this point, the Redskins can't do anything with Albert Haynesworth without speculation that it has to do with his attitude and position in the organization. Reports about Haynesworth's ankle injury have been consistent all week, and yet, when he can't play on Sunday questions emerge about the true nature of his deactivation.

This is a great indication of why the Redskins need to part ways with Haynesworth as soon as the possibly can. Every development - if and how much he plays, the effort he displays while on the field, even his disposition on the sideline - is put under a microscope and heavily scrutinized.

If in fact the Titans, or any other team in the NFL for that matter, are interested in Haynesworth, the Redskins need to send him packing. This is clearly a relationship that is beyond repair.


Albert Haynesworth Hampered By Ankle Injury

There is never a shortage of news surrounding Albert Haynesworth. If it's not his conditioning test, it's his time spent with the practice squad. If it's not his diminished role, it's trade rumors. Now, Haynesworth is suffering from an ankle injury that, as Jason Reid reports, limited him in practice on Wednesday.

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was limited in practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury, according to the Redskins' injury report.

It is unclear how much Haynesworth participated in practice as the Redskins began preparations to host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Haynesworth, a two-time all-pro selection, played but did not start in the season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

So Haynesworth was already practicing less because he wasn't with the first team, and now he is being held back because of an ankle injury. At this point he must barely be practicing at all. Which I imagine is something he is completely fine with.

This is apparently a different injury than the knee ailment that prevented Haynesworth from taking his conditioning test multiple times earlier this summer.


Report: Albert Haynesworth Still Might Get Traded

It just wouldn't feel like a normal day if I didn't have some type of Albert Haynesworth update to pass on. Luckily, Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk has me covered.

[ESPN's Chris Mortensen) reports that the Redskins "could try" to trade Haynesworth through Tuesday, and that the Titans remain the top potential trade partner.

The price had been a second-round draft pick; Mort believes that the Redskins may take less than that.  He says that Haynesworth hasn't learned the Redskins' 3-4 defense and that he doesn't care to learn it.

This thing has to end soon, one way or another. I can't imagine the Redskins want to let this problem hang over them for longer than they have to. And it certainly doesn't seem like Mike Shanahan plans on making nice, and moving Albert into the starting lineup any time soon. Florio also has words from the head coach himself, followed by some wild speculation.

"We had six lineman up for the game. Talking about Albert, Albert played hard.  He's getting more comfortable with the 3-4 scheme every time he takes a rep. Hopefully, he keeps on getting better and better, but he did play extremely hard."

Possible translation?  "If you trade for him, you won't be getting a head case who only plays hard when he's chasing a pot of gold."

Or maybe he means exactly what he said? Wouldn't that be WILD? The truth is, we don't know what Shanahan is thinking, or what the Redskins plan to do with Albert Haynesworth. But the possibility remains that he could be traded this week.

As Mort reported, the Redskins would be willing to talk Haynesworth trade through today, but that they would then like to shift their focus to their week two opponent. So if it's going to happen, it might happen today. We'll have all the updates as they become available


Albert Haynesworth Plays Sparingly In First Game Of The Year

The story of last night's Redskins game was how well the defense played as a unit, whether Albert Haynesworth was playing or not. Which distracted somewhat from the fact that Haynesworth was on the bench more often than he was on the field on Sunday. According to the Rich Campbell, he only played just over 22 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

Unofficially, Albert Haynesworth played 16 snaps out of 72. He wasn’t particularly impressive, either. He played only nose tackle in the base 3-4 alignment (never defensive end), and he played 2- or 3-technique in the nickel package. He didn’t make a big impact rushing the passer, and I didn’t see him ever dominating his blocker the way he’s capable of.

There were times when the defense was huddling near the bench, and Haynesworth could be seen standing near the other end of the bench, just sort of pacing around by himself. As Campbell points out, he didn't make the type of impact he is capable of making. That's why it was easy to forget about him in an otherwise stellar defensive performance on Sunday.


Albert Haynesworth Will Play Sunday Night Against Dallas

ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting Albert Haynesworth will play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Haynesworth will see time on passing downs and will line up to rush the passer along the interior of the line.

The brooding nose tackle has once again been the big story this week after Chris Cooley revealed Haynesworth had been taking reps with the scout team all week.

Mike Shanahan clarified that the news meant nothing and did not mean Haynesworth wouldn’t play on Sunday. Now we can confirm that playing on the scout team didn’t entail Haynesworth would sit out the game.

It makes sense to put Haynesworth on the field as Dallas will be without two key starters on the offensive line. Left guard Kyle Kosier and right tackle Marc Colombo will both miss the game, meaning the Cowboys can’t be as confident they will win the battle at the line of scrimmage.

Haynesworth’s presence will only heighten Dallas’ concerns as he provides an inside presence that the Cowboys will struggle to stop without two of their best linemen on the field.


Mike Shanahan: 'Everybody Works On The Scout Team'

We know that Albert Haynesworth spent time practicing with the scout team this morning. What we didn't know was what, if anything, that meant about his position on the team. Mike Shanahan has cleared that up a little bit. According to Mike Jones, practicing on the scout team does not determine Albert Haynesworth's place on the depth chart.

shanahan: "everybody works on the scout team. first team, second team, third teamers."

Jason Reid has more.

Shanahan said he had conversation Cooley. Said he uses starters on scout team, and it's not unusual that he'd use Haynesworth

So we can officially call what happened this morning after the comments Chris Cooley made an overreaction. We still don't know when or how much Albert Haynesworth will be playing on Sunday.


Albert Haynesworth Lines Up With The Scout Squad

The saga of Albert Haynesworth continues to get stranger by the day.  Chris Cooley made an appearance on "The Sports Junkies" on 106.7 this morning, and told the hosts that Haynesworth has been lining up against the first team offense this week in preparation for Sunday's game against Dallas. The problem with that: those players are normally "scout" squad players, or individuals who are not expected to be starters or even likely to dress for the game.  Rich Tandler of Real Redskins further clarifies the role of the scout team:

Re Haynesworth on #Redskins scout team: approx 22 players on scout team, 7 players are inactive. Non-starters work scout team.

As all things Haynesworth tend to do, Cooley's comment created a firestorm amongst local media covering the team. Cooley's brother Tanner immediately accused the media (more specifically Redskins Insider) of attempting to turn the story into something it was not:

@RedskinsInsider D) because you need a body out there to give you a good look. Stop trying to spin this.

It remains to be see whether Haynesworth is line up with the scout team to get more reps, whether he really is second string, or whether this another bizarre punishment from Mike Shanahan. On the eve of a new era in Redskins football, it seems unusual that management would allow team personnel to go on the radio and divulge information that will only heighten the soap opera surrounding the team.

UPDATE: Redskins Insider notes that Mike Shanahan has often used 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stringers on the scout team leading up to games.


Report: Redskins Seeking Second-Round Pick For Albert Haynesworth, Titans Only Offering Fourth-Round Pick

Talks between the Redskins and the Titans about Albert Haynesworth appear to be continuing, and now, we have some idea of what exactly is holding up the potential trade. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean, the two sides are haggling over the value of the draft pick the Redskins would receive in return.

The Titans and Redskins initially discussed a Haynesworth trade in April during the NFL Draft, with the Titans offering a fourth-round pick.

Round 2 began over the weekend as the Redskins again gauged interest from Haynesworth's old team, but Washington is believed to be seeking at least a second-round pick, and the Titans aren't willing to go that high.

The Redskins' asking price is higher now because Haynesworth's contract is more affordable now that he has been given his $21 million roster bonus. Two rounds does not seem like much of a discrepancy in this negotiation, but we'll have to see if either side is willing to budge from their positions. 


Mike Shanahan: Albert Haynesworth Will Be With Redskins On Sunday

With all the trade rumors swirling around Albert Haynesworth, Mike Shanahan decided to make a statement in his post-practice press conference today. When asked about Haynesworth, Shanahan had this to say, via Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star:

Shanahan: "Albert will be with our team on Sunday, yes."    

Now, Shanahan did not say whether Haynesworth would actually play against the Cowboys, nor did he comment on the rumors themselves. He also did not say that the saga itself is over. But if we take Shanahan's words at face value, Haynesworth will at least be around for one more week. 


Jeff Fisher: Titans Would Consider Trading For Albert Haynesworth

When asked about his team's interest in trading for Albert Haynesworth, Titans coach Jeff Fisher admitted, reluctantly, that the team would consider trading for the big defensive tackle; from Nashville's City Paper, via Hogs Haven.

“If they’re willing to look into the possibility of dealing him, of course we'll listen to them,”

Which sounds nice and direct, like the team is already having internal discussions. Now I'm feeling good about moving Haynesworth ... until.

“We listen to those types of things almost every day."

Oh, so you don't have specific interest in Albert Haynesworth, you're just going to run the same due diligence you run on your every day trade proposals? That sounds far less promising. Darn. 

And from the Redskins perspective; Rick Maese reports that General Manager Bruce Allen reasserted the stance that the organization has taken all along.

Bruce Allen says tonight nothing to report on Haynesworth. Team's stance is unchanged: They aren't trying to trade him.

Even less promising; denial, denial, denial. No matter what the conclusion, there is starting to be a lot of smoke around this Haynesworth situation.


Donovan McNabb On Albert Haynesworth: 'We Can't Win Without Him'

It's easy to say that Albert Haynesworth's teammates are so fed up with him that they want him off the Redskins' roster. It may be true, on some level, that his teammates are tired of him. But publicly, most of Haynesworth's teammates have supported him, and that trend continued today.

Speaking on his weekly radio segment at ESPN 980, quarterback Donovan McNabb made a bold statement about Haynesworth, especially in light of all the recent trade talk. Rick Maese of the Washington Post has a transcript.

"Albert is one of our brothers in the locker room...he understands, 'Hey, I got to put the time and effort in," McNabb said. "We can't win without him. I think he'll be here. I hope he'll be here."    

McNabb is surely standing up for a player who is currently his teammate, but those are still very strong words. He added that Haynesworth plays a big role in the team's defense, and "everybody knows that."

Meanwhile, the Associated Press has confirmed ESPN's report that the Redskins and Titans have discussed a Haynesworth trade.


Report: Redskins Angered That Albert Haynesworth Missed Halftime Meeting

More and more details are coming out about the reasons for why Albert Haynesworth is back on the trading blockAccording to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, the Redskins are angry at Haynesworth for more than just his play in last Thursday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Haynesworth also angered coaches when he did not attend a halftime meeting to discuss defensive adjustments and review photos of the Arizona Cardinals' blocking schemes.     

On the surface, this seems kind of ridiculous. How could Haynesworth skip a meeting at halftime? However, one Redskins player tells Reid that Haynesworth has "never attended" hafltime meetings because he prefers to remain focused on his duties. That logic makes little sense to me, but having never been inside an NFL locker room before, I'm not well equipped to say whether Haynesworth's decision is common among other NFL players.

Reid concludes that Mike Shanahan has "reached his limit" with Haynesworth. The problem, of course, is finding a trade partner, and as Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean writes, the Titans, for one, know the Redskins are desperate. 


Titans GM, Coach Decline To Comment On Albert Haynesworth Trade Talks

Once this report came out about the Redskins talking to the Tennessee Titans about trading Albert Haynesworth, you knew the Titans would respond quickly. They have done exactly that, deciding not to acknowledge Chris Mortensen's report.

Via Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean:

"I am not going to comment any time some rumor comes up,'' Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt said. "If I comment on this, I comment on every one of these that comes up.''    

Coach Jeff Fisher also declined to comment, saying that his focus is on the team's Week 1 game against Oakland.

Those denials are par for the course, so it's not like we should slam the door on a potential Haynesworth trade. For what it's worth, Washington Post Redskins writer Rick Maese tweeted that there was "lots of smoke" surrounding Haynesworth yesterday. It still seems pretty clear that the two teams are talking or at least have talked recently. 


Report: Redskins Talking To Titans About Trading Albert Haynesworth

The Albert Haynesworth saga has dominated the entire Redskins' preseason and has yet to go away, even though Week 1 is on the horizon. That said, while it still has been unclear how the Redskins plan on using Haynesworth on the field, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would actually be on the roster on opening night.

Until now. After passing on several trade opportunities around draft day, the Redskins have reportedly put Haynesworth back on the market. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting the Redskins are in talks with the Tennessee Titans to move Haynesworth back to his former team.

Exhausted by the distraction and lack of effort from Albert Haynesworth, the Washington Redskins have once again gauged trade interest in the defensive tackle from his former team, the Tennessee Titans, according to team sources.    

The Titans reportedly remain interested in Haynesworth, but have balked at the Redskins' asking price of at least two draft picks. Considering the kind of preseason Haynesworth just went through, you'd think the Redskins would have to lessen their demands significantly if they really want Haynesworth off their squad.

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