Opinion: No rush to judgment

July, 30, 2011
7/30/11
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In an opinion piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Albert Haynesworth's absence from Saturday's practice is explored, as it sparked speculation he didn't pass the team's conditioning test.

But the thought from here is to avoid the rush to judgment.

"With Haynesworth, given his less-than-sterling reputation, the easy thing to do is pile on now. ... While there is no defending some of his other transgressions, and one can all but predict the words of his first large-scale Patriots interview ("the past is the past, I'm looking forward to the future"), this is one area where the fair thing to do is to think common-sense over conspiracy. After all, if Haynesworth was woefully out of shape, the Patriots could have simply flunked him on his physical and voided the trade. ... when it comes to his lack of presence on the field, he gets the benefit of the doubt from here."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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