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“The man with the $100 million contract played two first-half series with the second unit. In the locker room, he then took questions from reporters for a few minutes, something he hadn't done since last season. Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts because he wanted a trade so he wouldn't have to play in the 3-4 defense being installed by new head coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Then the Redskins didn't let him practice at training camp until he passed a conditioning test -- something the lineman managed to do on the 10th day of camp. Even once he managed that, Haynesworth was told he'll be a backup until he earns his way back into the starting lineup. "Whatever they want me to do, man. I'm just going to keep playing. I know I'm a good player," Haynesworth said, "and eventually I'll be with the first team." He showed how disruptive he can be simply by lining up Friday, when Buffalo's offensive line was called for two false starts while he was in the game. He took up space and blockers and, on one play, allowed rookie linebacker Perry Riley to break through and force quarterback Trent Edwards to rush a throw. "He's a big presence there. The more time he gets, the more comfortable he's going to get with the defense," defensive lineman Phillip Daniels said. "So I think he did a good job overall coming out there and playing, with a short period of practice. So he'll be fine. More practice, he'll be even better."
It's different, but I like it. It's something I've got to get used to, but other than that, it's going to be a good defense” -- Albert Haynesworth on 3-4 defense