Haynesworth passes conditioning test

July, 31, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth passed his conditioning test this morning and is cleared to practice with the team, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

Haynesworth joined his teammates for Sunday morning's walkthrough practice.

The Patriots officially announced the acquisition of Haynesworth on Friday, and when Haynesworth didn't practice Saturday, it prompted speculation that he didn't pass the team's conditioning test.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said Sunday morning that he was expecting Haynesworth on the field "soon", hinting that it would be this afternoon.

"I think he'll be out there pretty soon," Caserio said. "This morning is the walkthrough and then we'll have the full practice this afternoon, so I would expect him to be out there very soon."

Asked if it would be today, Caserio said, "We'll see. He should be ready to go here soon."

How Haynesworth fits into the Patriots' defense will be a top storyline in training camp.

"With any player, you're trying to identify their strengths and their weaknesses, what they do well. The reality is that any player we bring into this program, they're going to define what their role is going to be with their performance and what they do on the field," Caserio said. "The more they can do, and they can execute those assignments and techniques, then they'll be put in that position.

"Albert has been a good football player in this league. He's big, he's strong, he's athletic, he's a disruptive player. I think we've all taken the approach that if the guy is a good football player, we'll find a way to use him, and in the end it's up to the player to determine what his role is going to be moving forward."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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