HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Beast mid-size rental car has made a pit stop at Starbucks to update the Albert Haynesworth situation. In the last hour, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has told reporters that Haynesworth will undergo an MRI to determine why he's experiencing so much soreness in the knee. Haynesworth was pretty aggressive in his work after practice, but he's apparently not ready to attempt the conditioning test at this point.
"We're giving him an MRI today because his knee has been a little bit sore, more sore than it has been in the past," Shanahan said. "In the past, every third or fourth day it'd be a little sore, according to the trainers. But now it's been a couple days consistently sore. ...We're going to MRI it, see if he's okay and then we'll go through the rehab work to get it stronger."
We've made a request to visit with Haynesworth on Friday, but I don't like our chances right now. This afternoon, Shanahan made it clear that he won't allow Haynesworth to miss a lot of practices during the regular season. During the kinder, gentler era of Jim Zorn, Haynesworth did limited work during the week before showing up for games. Shanahan doesn't think that works in the NFL.
"If you take a look at last year how many games he played without practicing, we're going to make sure that he can practice so he can stay healthy and play at a very high level," said Shanahan. "I've got all the stats in there how many games he played where he didn't practice throughout the whole week. ... If you don't practice you're not going to play well. You've got to practice well to play well. That's what the NFL and football is all about.
"Every once in a while you might get a guy in there that practices a little bit and has a good game but if you don't practice consistently it's hard to play consistently. And that's what I'm after. I'm after him playing well for the whole season."
OK, we'll be arriving at Redskins Park in about two hours. Look forward to visiting with you later this evening.