ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albert Haynesworth is the gift that keeps on giving. The Washington Redskins defensive tackle will rest his sore knee Tuesday and perhaps give the infamous conditioning test another crack Wednesday, according to the Post. Mike Shanahan indicated Monday that he might consider allowing Haynesworth to join his teammates without passing the test, but the smirk on the coach's face suggested otherwise.
I think Shanahan has already delivered the message to his players that no one is above the team. Now it's probably about time to end this spectacle. Here's what Redskins beat writer Jason Reid said about the Skins head coach this morning at 2:26 a.m.
Shanahan is confident he is taking the correct stance with Haynesworth in an effort to help the two-time All-Pro maximize his ability and production for the team.
Sorry, but I'm not buying that one. Haynesworth's a tremendous player, but I'd venture to say that he's never entered any 300-yard shuttle run contests. Even when he finally staggers through the run, it's not like the guy will have "maximized" his opportunity to create havoc in the backfield. As I've written a couple of times, this is about Shanahan earning credibility with his players.
Now that Haynesworth's humiliation is complete, it's probably time to let him on the field. With Donovan McNabb running the offense, the Redskins have a legitimate shot to make some noise in the Beast. But through six days of camp, Haynesworth has stolen all of the headlines.
Frankly, he hasn't earned the right to hijack training camp. Shanahan has delivered his message. Now it's time to move on.
Oh, but wait until the NFC East blog arrives Thursday.