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Haynesworth absence 'rotation related'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday that Albert Haynesworth's lack of second-half snaps was "rotation related," suggesting the team simply leaned on its other defensive tackles for much of the final 30 minutes of the game.

Haynesworth got overpowered by Giants guard David Diehl on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter. He did not return to the field, but Belichick said it had nothing to do with an injury, like the back ailment that's limited him for much of the season.

"We had a lot of defensive linemen active, so they played in different rotations," said Belichick. "Vince is a guy, obviously, that we don’t want off the field. But the rest of those guys, they can’t all play. One guy plays for a while, then somebody else plays, and they rotate... We had Kyle [Love], Vince, Albert, Gerard [Warren], and Ron [Brace] -- it's kinda five guys for two spots there."

Asked about a report that Haynesworth had words with assistant coach Pepper Johnson on the sideline after the Jacobs touchdown, Belichick declined to comment.

"Whatever we talk about as a team, during the game or in meetings, all that, is between the players and coaches," said Belichick.