Albert Haynesworth gets all the scorn and media bile, but his situation is hardly unique.
Every year, a few players show up to training camp out of shape and spend the beginning of training camp in purgatory.
Over in New England, disappointing second-year defensive tackle Ron Brace hasn’t participated in 13 straight practices. Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio said that Brace didn’t pass his physical to open camp, but Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports Brace did not pass his conditioning run to open camp.
When Brace passes, he’ll get back on the field. (The 2009 second-round pick essentially had a lost rookie season.)
Over in Denver, a similar situation has emerged with veteran nose tackle Jamal Williams. The key free agent pickup has missed four days of practice for unknown reasons, although coach Josh McDaniels said his absence could end soon, perhaps Thursday.
The Broncos won’t say why Williams is out, but the smart money is because of his conditioning. Williams’ weight has fluctuated throughout his career.