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Benefit of the doubt for Haynesworth

His absence from practice raises questions, but let's not jump to conclusions

Updated: July 31, 2011, 5:04 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth did not practice Saturday, one day after the Patriots officially acquired him, prompting speculation that he didn't pass the team's conditioning test.

Haynesworth has a history there. On the surface, it doesn't look good.

His absence gained momentum in the Twitterverse and local sports radio, fueled in part by Bill Belichick's non-answer to a question. Asked if Haynesworth had passed his conditioning test, Belichick said, "There ...

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