Belichick on Haynesworth: Didn't work out

November, 9, 2011
11/09/11
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened his press conference Wednesday by addressing the release of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

"I'll just say this on the Albert situation: I thought that both he and myself -- speaking for the [coaching] staff -- we really tried to make it work," said Belichick. "He had a few physical limitations to overcome when he got here, but I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it just didn't work out. I think the best thing we could do was just move on."

When a reporter tried to ask a follow-up, Belichick interrupted saying, "That's all we have to say about it. We'll talk about the guys that are here and move on to the Jets."

Pressed on whether there was a lingering physical issue with Haynesworth, who battled back problems that forced him to miss two games and often limited him in practice, Belichick said, "No, he missed some time early in camp, but in the end, that all worked out."

When a reporter asked if what the Patriots gave up was worth the risk in bringing in Haynesworth, Belichick again noted, "It's all done with; On to the Jets."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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