Shanahan, Big Al to talk it out

Shanahan, Big Al to talk it out
December 6, 2010, 10:19 pm
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Monday, December 6, 2010, 5:16 p.m. UPDATED 9:14 p.m.

By Ryan O'Halloran
Staff writer


UPDATE -- 12:33 p.m. Tuesday. The Redskins announced that Albert Haynesworth had been suspended for the remaining four games without pay for "conduct detrimental to club."

A new chapter to the season-long Mike Shanahan-Albert Haynesworth duel will be written when they meet to discuss Haynesworth being deactivated shortly before Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

During his press conference Monday, Shanahan was asked a minimum of 10 questions about Haynesworth and provided the same details on each inquiry ' nothing.

Shanahan and Haynesworth will meet sometime before the Redskins return to practice Wednesday.

'I can be a little more thorough Wednesday and tell you about our conversation went in as much detail as I can,' Shanahan said.

Meanwhile, multiple sources told Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson that Haynesworth was out late Thursday and appeared 'hung over' Friday. He missed a full-squad meeting before attending a defense-only meeting.

During an interview with 106.7 The Fan Monday night, Haynesworth vented for nearly 30 minutes and denied he was hung over.

'For these people to make up lies to make me look bad, it's ridiculous,' he said told The Fan. 'I think they're cowards and if they have something to say, they should come to my face and not run to the media.'

Haynesworth said he did go out Thursday night but went home early because he was feeling under the weather and, additionally, he doesn't want to get released.

Earlier Monday, Haynesworth walked into the Redskins locker room around 11:30 a.m. but did not speak to reporters. He was also present when Shanahan addressed the team and the special teams' tape was reviewed in the afternoon.

Haynesworth ended up inactive for the fourth time in 12 games when Shanahan wasn't pleased with his performance in last Thursday's practice and he missed Friday's workout because of an illness although the injury report filed to the league office listed him as a limited participant. He didn't find out about his status until he was intercepted by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett before entering the visiting team's locker room at New Meadowlands Stadium.

'Things were going great for a moment ' he was out there playing well,' defensive end Phillip Daniels said. 'But it's always something else. I just wish the team could stay focused and not worry about things like this.'

The Redskins will likely have to get focused or stay focused with Haynesworth as a teammate.

Shanahan wouldn't acknowledge an ESPN report that said Haynesworth would remain with the Redskins the rest of the year.

'There could be a lot of people saying a lot of different things,' Shanahan said. 'I have no idea what ESPN would say or wouldn't say. It has nothing to do with me.'

Indications are Haynesworth will be on the roster the final four games. If Shanahan cuts him, Haynesworth wins by escaping an undesirable situation.

By season's end, Haynesworth will have made 35,605,200 since signing with the Redskins in the opening hours of free agency two years ago.

For all that money, what the Redskins have received in return is 19 games, 6.5 sacks and 43 solo tackles.

This year, Haynesworth has played an unofficial 204 of 829 defensive snaps (24.6 percent).

While Shanahan contends the Haynesworth headache isn't a distraction for him, some players might disagree. It's them, after all, who have been asked about mini-camp boycotts, failed conditioning tests, Haynesworth's role within the 3-4 and now the latest hiccup.

The most vocal critic Monday was Daniels.

'He has to understand this is a business ' people are putting money into you to come out here and do a job, to work every play and give everything you have,' he said. 'For a guy with all that talent and what he can do for this team, we want him to come in here and win. We've seen what he can do on the field when he wants to.'

Daniels said he was also ill last week but did not miss a workout.

'I was sick and I practiced through it and showed I could do it and that's why I was on the field Sunday,' he said. 'You have to come out during the week, practice well and do the things you need to do to get ready and show them you're ready.

'Shanahan has taken some chances on some guys and they weren't ready. He doesn't want to take a chance on Albert if he's not ready.'

Shanahan's standard answer is players must be available to practice to earn the privilege of playing on Sunday, but it may be a sliding scale. Rookie left tackle Trent Williams missed one practice and was limited in another because of shoulder injury last week but was allowed to give it a try before sitting out the second half.

Linebacker London Fletcher, a defensive co-captain with cornerback DeAngelo Hall, said Haynesworth wasn't a topic of conversation on the sideline.

'It wasn't something I heard guys discussing,' Fletcher said. 'There's going to be eight guys inactive on a weekly basis and yesterday Coach Shanahan decided he wanted to sit Albert down for his various reasons.'

Daniels thinks Haynesworth needs to re-evaluate his attitude.

'You have to think about the team first, your teammates first,' Daniels said. 'Albert is a great person. He tries for the most part to fit in with the guys. I just think he needs to think about he's doing as far as the football part.'

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