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Despite deactivation, Haynesworth thinks he's ready to play tonight

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.

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6 Responses to “Despite deactivation, Haynesworth thinks he's ready to play tonight”
  1. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Oct 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    ShannaRat is the all-powerful god!
    And he will not be messed with.
    What a dickhead. If he would’ve just brought some cheeseburgers to camp and rubbed Albert’s head a few times (pat-pat). Fatboy would be killing QBs for the deadskins.
    But he didn’t. ShannaRat.

  2. wd40 says: Oct 17, 2010 7:26 PM

    To return to the team on Thursday said alot to management and even more to his teammates.
    He would be a good fit in Dallas where there are no leaders to respond to.

  3. The Hogster says: Oct 17, 2010 7:27 PM

    Why deactivate him if you’re not going to trade him? The whole “play your best guys” ordeal is obviously not happening. Kedric Goldston is not the best guy.

  4. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 17, 2010 8:29 PM

    I like the Haynesworth for Steve Slaton and a draft pick angle. Skins are deep on the DLine and short handed at RB>

  5. j-wil says: Oct 17, 2010 8:34 PM

    You’re outta here!

  6. contract says: Oct 18, 2010 10:53 AM

    “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.”
    Why would the Titans care if he plays for another team in their division? The legend of Albert Haynesworth has gotten way out of hand. He’s Albert Haynesworth, not Reggie White.

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