It took him a while to get there, but Albert Haynesworth is finally practicing with the rest of the team, and according to his coach, so far he is doing just fine; from Jason Reid of the Washington Post.
"I think he looked pretty good," Shanahan said after the morning session. "I haven't had a chance to look at [tape of] practice on the defensive side, but what I saw looked pretty good."
He doesn't commit entirely, but Shanahan seems cautiously optimistic about Haynesworth first day with the rest of the team. Reid also gives some insight as to where Haynesworth might be playing on the D-Line when the season gets underway.
Initially, the nine-year veteran will back up first-team nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu. Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will not hand Haynesworth anything. But many within the organization envision Haynesworth, barring injury, eventually being the team's starting right defensive end.
Haynesworth's initial aversion to the 3-4 defense was his potential role at nose tackle, where he would have to draw the vast majority of the attention from the opposing team's central blockers. Playing at end better replicates the traditional defensive tackle position he seemed so attached to playing. So hopefully, this move makes him happy, and keeps him motivated.