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Albert Haynesworth Suspended: Washington Redskins Replace Him With Offensive Lineman Erik Cook

The most practical effect of Albert Haynesworth's suspension is that it opened up a spot on the Washington Redskins' roster. For a couple days, the team decided to leave it open. Now, however, they have filled it.

The team announced via a press release that they have filled Haynesworth's roster spot by promoting Erik Cook from the practice squad. Cook is an offensive lineman out of New Mexico that has spent all 13 weeks of the season on the Redskins' practice squad. He was drafted by the team in the seventh round of the NFL Draft last year, at 229 overall.

The Redskins will need Cook to help on their depleted offensive line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. However, it is not clear whether Cook will be activated before game time. It does seem hard to believe that Mike Shanahan would make a player active right away like that, but stranger things have happened.