Haynesworth visits trainers, not coaches

Haynesworth visits trainers, not coaches
January 3, 2011, 4:51 pm
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Monday, January 3, 2011, 11:50 a.m. UPDATED 5:46 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer


As expected, Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth reported to the teams headquarters Monday morning for a season-ending physical but did not meet with coach Mike Shanahan or defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Haynesworths four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, ended after the Redskins season-ending 17-14 loss to the New York Giants.

I thought he may stop by, I wasnt really sure, Shanahan said. He did not.

Shanahan did not seek out Haynesworth during his visit, which was required or he would be subjected to a fine.

Haynesworth appeared in the locker room shortly after 10 a.m. but quickly disappeared into the equipment room after muttering, Ive got nothing to say.

He was in good spirits, defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday said. He was going about his business the way everybody else is today. Was it a little weird him coming in? Yeah, it was, after him not being around.

Holliday said teammates gave Haynesworth a little bit of a hard time, for not being present at the facility since his meeting with general manager Bruce Allen on Dec. 7 to be notified of his suspension.

As players cleaned out their lockers, they reiterated that the Haynesworth-Shanahan soap opera was equal parts distraction and par-for-the-course.

Each player dealt it in a different way, center Casey Rabach said. Obviously, theres conflict and turmoil and distractions during each season. You understand stuff like that is going to happen and you just have to rise above it. Thats what I did this year and I think a lot of guys did that.

Said linebacker London Fletcher: You would like to just focus on football on a day-to-day basis but every team has something they deal with. Some things make news, others dont. Every team Ive been on has had something to deal with. Were not unique from that standpoint.

Shanahan refused to say if the Redskins feel urgency in making a decision on Haynesworth cut him soon or begin to shop him for a pick in this springs draft.

Although probably not with the Redskins, Holliday said Haynesworth can help a team, preferably a 4-3 defense.

A very, very talented guy who can bring so much to your team, he said. I know he wants to do well and he talks about all the time about being that Hall of Fame-type player. Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, that didnt work out this year. I hope he uses this as some type of motivation to take it to that next level.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com