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NFLPA won't appeal Haynesworth's suspension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NFL Players Association will not
appeal Albert Haynesworth's five-game suspension for stomping on the head of Dallas center Andre Gurode.

The Tennessee Titans defensive tackle was suspended Monday for
kicking Gurode in the head twice in Sunday's 45-14 victory by the
Cowboys. The unprecedented suspension is more than twice the
previous longest, a two-game suspension for Green Bay's Charles
Martin in 1986.

Haynesworth announced through his agent on Tuesday that he would
not appeal the suspension. NFL Players Association executive
director Gene Upshaw discussed the suspension with Haynesworth and
others, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"We represent both players here, and it is best for all
concerned that we let the suspension stand," Upshaw said
Wednesday. "While Roger has expressed a willingness to meet with
Haynesworth and I expect that meeting to take place, there will be
no formal hearing where the suspension will be challenged."

That leaves the next move to Gurode, who still has the option of
filing criminal charges or a civil lawsuit. His agent Kennard
McGuire said Monday that Gurode would talk with his family before
deciding what to do. But Gurode was not in the Cowboys' locker room
when reporters were allowed in, and McGuire did not return a
message left by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Gurode did not practice Wednesday. Dallas coach Bill Parcells
said he expects his center can practice Thursday. The coach did not
think Gurode was having vision problems and could wear a helmet
despite the cuts on his forehead.

"I think he can, yeah. I think he'll go tomorrow," Parcells
said.

Haynesworth also hasn't spoken publicly since he told reporters
after Sunday's game that he was disgusted by his act of kicking
Gurode's face with his cleated shoe, leaving seven cuts needing 30
stitches.

But the defensive tackle has scheduled a news conference for
Thursday at a Nashville hotel.

"He's going to explain where he is in all of this and talk
about the suspension and his actions he's taking going forward,"
said Kathleen Hessert, a media consultant working with Haynesworth
and his agent.

The Titans have learned that they will not be allowed any
contact with Haynesworth during the suspension, which includes
their bye week on Oct. 22. He cannot return to the team until after
they play the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 12.

Asked Wednesday if he worries what Haynesworth will do during
the suspension, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said no.

"This is all his responsibility. He's got to take care of
himself right now," Fisher said.