More drama for Redskins and Big Al

More drama for Redskins and Big Al
December 5, 2010, 11:06 pm
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Sunday, December 5, 2010, 6:05 p.m. UPDATED 9:05 p.m.

By Ryan O'Halloran
Staff writer
CSNwashington.com

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Albert Haynesworth strolled into New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday morning with Chris Cooley when he was approached by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Cue more Haynesworth-Redskins drama.

During an exchange that was caught in-part by a Comcast SportsNet camera, Haslett told Haynesworth he would be inactive against the Giants.

Following the Giants' 31-7 rout of the Redskins, Haynesworth said he was ill Friday and late to the team facility.

'He didn't practice Friday and Thursday, he didn't have one of his better practices and I wasn't sure what the reason was but I'm guessing it was because he was sick,' coach Mike Shanahan said.

Haynesworth has played only four of 12 games this year and only 204 of 766 snaps the defense played in the first 11 games. He watched the game from the sidelines so he wasn't so ill he couldn't stand in 33-degree weather for three hours.

'It's whatever,' he said. 'They choose to sit me, then they choose to sit me. It's their organization. I'm just a piece.'

Haynesworth continues to be a huge financial blunder, earning 35,605,200 to date.

According to a league source, the breakdown of his money: In 2009, 5 million signing bonus, 5,000 off-season workout bonus, 6 million base salary. In 2010, 21 million signing bonus and 3.6 million base salary. By skipping last spring's mini-camp, he forfeited 5.4 million in guaranteed money.

Haynesworth could have been effective because the Giants were without center Shaun O'Hara and the Redskins could have used him against bruising back Brandon Jacobs, who rushed for 103 yards on only eight carries.

'It would have been nice to play,' Haynesworth said. 'I talked to one of my boys over there and he was like, 'Man, I'm happy you weren't playing.''

Asked if he was shocked not to play, Haynesworth added: 'I was. I thought it was a do or die situation and you needed to do everything to win.'

As the CSN video proved, Haynesworth said his conversation with Haslett was amicable.

'It was nothing heated between me and Jim,' he said.

And about being late on Friday, Haynesworth said: 'I was sick so I did show up a minute late. I don't think it's the reason I sat out.'

Teammates had not reaction to Haynesworth's absence. They've been answering questions about it since mini-camp when the drama begin and had only recently calmed down.

'You play with what you've got,' cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. 'We still felt like we should have performed better than we did.'

Linebacker London Fletcher pointed out that Haynesworth might not have seen much playing time since most of his snaps come on third down and the Giants faced only three such situations while building a 21-0 halftime lead.

'Coach Shanahan is going to put the guys in he feels gives us the best chance to win the football game,' Fletcher said.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com