Monday, November 7, 2011
Disappearing act by Haynesworth
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the notable personnel aspects from the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Giants was the disappearing act of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth in the second half.
Haynesworth's final play of the game was Brandon Jacobs' 10-yard touchdown run with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter. He was dominated by left guard David Diehl on the play, with Jacobs running through the hole Diehl helped open.
Haynesworth didn't play again, and his absence particularly stood out in the team's short-yardage/goal-line package. That's usually the time to call on 6-foot-6, 350-pound players like Haynesworth.
But at the end of the game, when the Giants had first-and-goal on the 1, Haynesworth stayed off in place of linemen Ron Brace, Kyle Love, Vince Wilfork, Gerard Warren, Andre Carter and Mark Anderson.
Haynesworth was questionable on the injury report because of a back ailment and it's possible that was a factor in his lack of action, although the team did not announce an injury at the game.
In the first half, he was utilized as part of a rotation in the team's base 4-3 defense, playing behind Wilfork, Love, Warren and Brace. Haynesworth drew a holding penalty in the second quarter, but otherwise didn't show up on the stat sheet in limited action.
A closer look at Haynesworth's final play via Fox broadcast screenshots: