The Washington Redskins will be deactivating defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth for Sunday night’s game against the Colts, a week after he missed an overtime win against the Packers following the death of his brother, Lance McCoy.
Haynesworth tells Andrea Kremer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football that he believes he’s ready to play. The veteran lineman told Kremer that “football is my escape from life,” and that he would have “loved to play” against the Colts.
Haynesworth pointed out that he has familiarity with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning given Haynesworth’s seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who play Indianapolis twice per year.
Though Adam Schefter of ESPN painted earlier today a rosy picture regarding the current relationship between player and team, Kremer reports that Haynesworth still believes he could be traded by Tuesday’s deadline. Kremer confirms that the Redskins continue to want a second-round pick and that the Titans, who are interested in bringing Haynesworth back, are willing to give up only a fourth-round pick.
So could it be that the Redskins ultimately decided to deactivate Haynesworth tonight in order to ensure that he’ll still be healthy on Tuesday? Given that the Titans play Monday night, and in light of the possibility that they could lose for the rest of the year a starting defensive tackle on any play of the game, it’s possible that the Redskins have decided to keep Haynesworth on ice in the hopes of finally closing the deal.
That said, Redskins G.M. Bruce Allen tells Kremer that Haynesworth won’t be traded. Then again, Allen also says there have been no trade talks regarding Haynesworth, which defies multiple reports to the contrary. So if the latter point can’t be taken at face value, the former point shouldn’t be accepted hook, line, and sinker, either.
In this regard, it’s also impossible to rule out the Houston Texans. Their pass rush (and thus their pass defense) is lacking firepower, they run a 4-3 defense (Haynesworth’s preferred attack), and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Texans coach Gary Kubiak have an extensive history of working together. With the Redskins thin at running back and Steve Slaton slipping out of the starting role in Houston, maybe a Haynesworth-for-Slaton-plus-a-pick deal could come together between now and Tuesday.
If nothing else, the possibility of a trade to the Texans should make the Titans even more interested in working something out. Otherwise, Haynesworth could return to the division — but with another team.