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Shocker: Albert Haynesworth Released By Patriots Because He Stopped Trying, Report Says

Albert Haynesworth was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday, and it was because he stopped trying on a sequence of plays, reports Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe. No need to gasp, folks. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true.

Bedard points to a sequence of three plays in the second quarter of the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday where Haynesworth just didn't give an effort. He then talked to some NFL executives, who agreed with him that those plays got him cut.

"On the ground three-straight times and didn’t seem at all to mind!" one said. "Just stopped moving his feet on each play."

"Those were three really bad plays," the other said.

Haynesworth needed to go, and sources said some Patriots players were grumbling about that, but coach Bill Belichick was already moving in that direction.

Yup, sounds familiar.