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Haynesworth “not quite ready to practice yet”

Albert Haynesworth AP

It’s deja vu all over again for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

A year after his ability to practice with the Redskins was delayed due to an inability to pass coach Mike Shanahan’s conditioning test, Haynesworth apparently has yet to pass his new coach’s test in New England.

Though (surprise, surprise) Bill Belichick isn’t elaborating, his comments are being interpreted as an indication that Haynesworth failed the conditioning test.  “He’s not quite ready to practice yet,” Belichick said Saturday, per Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Belichick (surprise, surprise) dodged the question, saying only that “[w]hen he’s ready, he’ll be out there” and that “[t]here are things that we still need to do with Albert for him to be able to get on the practice field.”

The coach said it has nothing to do with Haynesworth’s salary, and as Rapoport accurately surmises it’s not a failed physical because the trade went through.

The process of elimination leads to the conditioning test.  Unlike Shanahan in 2010, who used it as a way to publicly show Albert who’s boss, Belichick is taking the high road.

For now.

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72 Responses to “Haynesworth “not quite ready to practice yet””
  1. pnut87 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:23 PM

    Of course he’s not. Is this news?

  2. apac6586 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:25 PM

    Wow, nothing this clown does surprises me anymore. What a complete waste of of money.

  3. riverhorsey says: Jul 30, 2011 2:25 PM

    he just needs another month..

  4. cashed1980 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:25 PM

    This does not surprise me one bit. I am so thankful the Lions never brought him in. Rumors swirled around last year that he could possibly come to Detroit.

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 30, 2011 2:26 PM

    This shouldn’t come as a suprise.

  6. 3octaveFart says: Jul 30, 2011 2:26 PM

    ..and so it begins.

  7. kenneth22553 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:26 PM

    And so it begins…

  8. FinFan68 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:27 PM

    They need a plunger, because this turd won’t flush.

  9. ICDogg says: Jul 30, 2011 2:28 PM

    How does this have anything to do with the Eagles?

  10. Deb says: Jul 30, 2011 2:28 PM

    I just don’t get this. The man is a professional athlete. Why would teams keep paying him millions–last year guaranteed millions–if he doesn’t have enough professionalism to show up in condition? I ignore most posts about him, so if he’s recovering from some devastating injury, I apologize. But if he’s simply out of shape … that’s ridiculous. What else did he have to do in the off-season but work out?

  11. pittsburghsteelerz says: Jul 30, 2011 2:29 PM

    You should have referenced the Belichick quote about Bernie K. being able to pass his conditioning test….

  12. uclabruininstlouis says: Jul 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    With all of the money these guys make and all of the prestige of being a professional football player, why on earth don’t they keep in shape all year long? DeMarco Farr said on his radio show recently that he saw a Rams lineman a while ago who looked AT LEAST 50+ pounds overweight. Good grief! I hope that Spags cut him as soon as he saw him.

  13. notrelated says: Jul 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    Great stuff, champ.

  14. SmackSaw says: Jul 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  15. blchaney69 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    And so it Begins.. We shall see how much the Patsie Fans are loving this move in two weeks when he still hasnt practiced and BB is making him do gasers everyday!!

  16. gtmann says: Jul 30, 2011 2:32 PM

    Thank God he didn’t come to Philly !!!!!!

  17. jenniferxxx says: Jul 30, 2011 2:32 PM

    Selfish tub of lard.

  18. billinva says: Jul 30, 2011 2:32 PM

    Does this jerk want to play football or is he content with being a punchline the rest of his life?

  19. deddmunnie says: Jul 30, 2011 2:32 PM

    Really? Really?

    He’s a turd of epic proportions. He’s trying to get released, so he can go to the Eagles.

  20. chizzle20 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:33 PM

    Lol…

  21. hoosierdude says: Jul 30, 2011 2:34 PM

    Way to go Fat Al – good to see how hard you worked during the extended offseason to stay in shape.

  22. Matt Revel says: Jul 30, 2011 2:35 PM

    If Haynesworth can’t be straightened up in New England, then he’s a loss cause.

  23. skinsrollyou says: Jul 30, 2011 2:36 PM

    Big surprise. Enjoy the headache NE. Oh and thanks for the draft pick. I would have taken a ham sandwich and a lock of tom brady’s hair. Though this may not have worked out seeing as how fat albert probably would have intercepted the ham sandwich.

  24. Kave Krew says: Jul 30, 2011 2:39 PM

    And so it begins……the story of Rochelle Albert Haynesworth…..

    You made a long journey from Milan to Minsk, Rochelle Rochelle. You never stopped hoping and now you’re in Pinsk, Rochelle Rochelle. When the nay sayers nay you picked up the pace. You said nothing’s going to stop me, so get out of my face. I’m having adventures all over the place, Rochelle Rochelle……………Rochelle Rochelle via Seinfeld…..

  25. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: Jul 30, 2011 2:39 PM

    Albert isn’t in shape because he thought he was going to have to be in Washington…it was his rebellion against the system. You can’t honestly believe that if he knew he was going to New England that he wouldn’t be ready.

  26. royalt79 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:40 PM

    Theyre not letting him practice because theyre in talks to trade him to the Eagles for a 2012 4th round pick.

  27. steelergold says: Jul 30, 2011 2:42 PM

    Hey..Hey..Hey… It’s Fat Albert !

  28. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jul 30, 2011 2:42 PM

    I would pay money to see A. HanesWorthless vs Al “Coach” Davis Great Playaaaa JaMarcus is the conditioning test. I would even supply the sun dial to time it……..

  29. gbfanforever says: Jul 30, 2011 2:42 PM

    Better hold off those plans to go to the 4-3 for a little while there billy boy.

  30. belichickee says: Jul 30, 2011 2:43 PM

    And this is why Belichick is the man, he knows exactly how to play this. I never thought Shanahan publicly shaming Haynesworth was going to do anything but make Haynesworth even more impossible to deal with. I think he’ll see BB going out of his way to protect him and that will help him realize what he needs to do for his new team. That’s my hope anyway :)

  31. mswravens says: Jul 30, 2011 2:45 PM

    Shouldn’t the topic of this story be that half of New England is stunned that the magical mystical Coach Belicheck wasn’t able to wish Haynesworth into shape?

  32. painterdude says: Jul 30, 2011 2:46 PM

    Somewhere Mike Shanahan is smiling

  33. scudbot says: Jul 30, 2011 2:47 PM

    Lump of JaMarcus.

  34. WingT says: Jul 30, 2011 2:48 PM

    Albert will let everyone know when he is ready to participate – right now he’s just not ready. And when the season starts for real ( none of that pre-season crap for Al), he will play to the level necessary to get a check, no more, no less.

  35. crunkedskin says: Jul 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    Good greif…

  36. rethinklogic says: Jul 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    BREAKING NEWS! Albert Haynesworth really doesn’t give a crap about football

  37. duncanthecat says: Jul 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    Get used to it, he’s already masticizing into the biggest cancer your organization will experience.

    As a ten year vet, I really wonder how much he has in the tank. He seems to think he can turn it on and off.

    50/50 he gets cut prior to the start of the season.

  38. cvolion says: Jul 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    I invented a new sandwich – called the Haynesworth. I’s a gold-plated sack of crap between 2 Krispy Kreme donuts. You don’t eat it – you just pay too much for it and then give it to someone else.

  39. damnskins703 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    Why is this news, we knew this was going to happen before it happened

  40. smellmyface says: Jul 30, 2011 2:57 PM

    He hasnt cared about playing football for 2 years and even took plays on in TN. How the Pats fans thought they were getting some great player is laughable.

  41. sschmiggles says: Jul 30, 2011 3:03 PM

    He hasn’t even taken the conditioning test. Way to make something out of nothing. He isnt allowed to even practice until August 4 because he restructured his contract. Ocho is on the field because hes waiting restructure after the 4th. Amazing what a litle effort can do for journalism.

  42. ampats says: Jul 30, 2011 3:04 PM

    skinsrollyou says,

    Thanks for the 5th round pick.

    Haynesworth thanks the Redskins for the 50 mill + they paid him for his headache and for trading him to a team that has a chance to win more than the 4 games the Redskins might win TY.

  43. thetooloftools says: Jul 30, 2011 3:06 PM

    Fat Albertsworth is on the Jamarcus Russell off season conditioning program again.

  44. oldestk says: Jul 30, 2011 3:10 PM

    Maybe he’s destined as part of a larger trade that has him going to the Eagles and he’s being protected from injury ;)

  45. bucwild05 says: Jul 30, 2011 3:12 PM

    I am a Bucs fan, and live in Nashville. I remember when the Bucs were fighting for him, but, he opted for Washington. It was a day of celebration. I watched him play for the Titans…. He is the LAZIEST athlete (and I use that term loosly) I have ever seen. I don’t know why any team would want this guy.

  46. 3octaveFart says: Jul 30, 2011 3:16 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Jul 30, 2011 2:25 PM
    “he just needs another month..”

    At first glance I thought you said:
    “he just needs another mouth..”

    ..they must feed them well in NE

  47. flagstaffphotos says: Jul 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    Haynesworth guaranteed Belichick a trip to the “Promised Land” – the Krispy Kreme Donut shop at 780 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA, only 4.8 short miles from Gillette Stadium.

  48. ocgunslinger says: Jul 30, 2011 3:23 PM

    For what a 5th round pick in 2012? A gamble worth taking. Don’t get me wrong, the Patriots are the team I follow and I have believe Albert was the biggest jerk ever and I was hoping he would fall on his huge butt. But…..nevertheless a gamble worth taking as he can be out of there as fast as he arrived. And if he pulls his junk together then BB will have done it again and get some great years of performance as he did with Moss.

  49. cavefan74 says: Jul 30, 2011 3:34 PM

    Wow, what a big, FAT surprise!!!

  50. huejackson says: Jul 30, 2011 3:39 PM

    hahaha this is geat news, all these Boston radio stations were all calling this bum a great guy and He was never a problem(they do this with whoever signs with the pats)
    Now I just hope chad johnson drops every ball or breaks his leg..
    Maybe Stanford Routte will help me with that one with the pats come to the black hole.. Route is the REAL best CB in the NFL suckers like the Eagles bit on the highly overtaed Asomough… Asomough is horrible and gets burned everytime someone throws his way… Trust me I watched every snap he had…
    Just wait and see If teams dare to throw against Asomough they will succeed, thats why he didnt want to go to the JETS cause he knew he would have to play against the raiders this year and he knew they would expose him

  51. redrew says: Jul 30, 2011 3:41 PM

    The excuses have already begun….but now it is New England fans that are defending this cancer. “Albert couldn’t get on the field because he flew the day before and had to go into meetings…..besides he wasn’t going to stay in shape for the Redskins.”
    Unfreakin believable

  52. djteknision1200 says: Jul 30, 2011 4:15 PM

    Fat Albert ain’t ready to practice….Say what??? He already has his lottery ticket money in pocket…no need to practice now.

  53. jhm3 says: Jul 30, 2011 4:21 PM

    You can hear the laughing coming from Redskins Park !!!

  54. philyeagles5 says: Jul 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    an uneducated football player who is too out of shape to play football….how much more useless can you get?

  55. picksix401 says: Jul 30, 2011 4:49 PM

    flagstaffphotos says: Jul 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    Haynesworth guaranteed Belichick a trip to the “Promised Land” – the Krispy Kreme Donut shop at 780 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA, only 4.8 short miles from Gillette Stadium.
    ————————————

    normally i don’t appreciate jokes at the expense of the patriots, but props to you man for google mapping the nearest krispy kreme ahaha

  56. tjacks7 says: Jul 30, 2011 5:34 PM

    Still recovering from working so hard last season.

  57. fmwarner says: Jul 30, 2011 5:35 PM

    I love that picture so much.

  58. wpq3 says: Jul 30, 2011 5:40 PM

    @Schmiggles….your comment makes sense. It seems nobody is exploring this angle….I guess it’s too easy to just pile on the jokes. It would seem logical that a guy can’t take the conditioning test until Aug.4. We’ll see. I’m still cautiously optimistic that the addition of hayneworth will be a good thing for the pats.

  59. Deb says: Jul 30, 2011 6:12 PM

    iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says:

    Albert isn’t in shape because he thought he was going to have to be in Washington…it was his rebellion against the system. You can’t honestly believe that if he knew he was going to New England that he wouldn’t be ready.
    ———————————————–

    Are you kidding? The Redskins paid him 41 million dollars guaranteed last season for nothing. That’s the budget of a small country. And you think it’s okay for him to show up out of shape as a “rebellion against the system”?

    I can’t stand Dan Snyder or Mike Shanahan, but they should be hanging him up by his toenails until he gives back that money. Rebelling against the system, my backside!

  60. karlpilkington says: Jul 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    I am a skins fan and the only thing I can hope for now is that BB and the Pats cut him before the first game…….. or tommorow.

    See ya Fat Al thanks for NOTHING

  61. doe22us says: Jul 30, 2011 8:08 PM

    is it ground hog day yet.

  62. Kave Krew says: Jul 30, 2011 9:07 PM

    jhm3 says:
    Jul 30, 2011 4:21 PM
    You can hear the laughing coming from Redskins Park !!!

    Why would the Redskins be laughing again?

    The Redskins are the one who overpaid him, gave him the majority of the guaranted money, and got nothing out of the guy…..Belichick gives up a 5th rd pick to the Redskins- who will promptly blow the pick on junk next year….and BB has about 12 late rd picks his pocket anyway, along with many top rd picks…… If it pays off, then he is the mad scientist…if it fails, cut the fat bastard and use the other 11 fifth rd picks next year..

    Haynesworth failed his conditioning this year…..unlike last year where Shanahan grossly mishandled the issue, BB is at least giving it a chance to blossom into somethng good…..

    And why are the Redskins are laughing????

  63. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2011 9:18 PM

    The only exercise the guy did was get up off his seat in front of a judge and say “not guilty.”

  64. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 30, 2011 9:55 PM

    Hey, give the guy a chance. He might surprise you now that he is removed from a pathetically dysfunctional franchise.

  65. Kave Krew says: Jul 30, 2011 10:16 PM

    wpq3 says:
    Jul 30, 2011 5:40 PM
    @Schmiggles….your comment makes sense. It seems nobody is exploring this angle….I guess it’s too easy to just pile on the jokes. It would seem logical that a guy can’t take the conditioning test until Aug.4. We’ll see. I’m still cautiously optimistic that the addition of hayneworth will be a good thing for the pats.

    —————–

    Why cant he practice until Aug 4? Was he traded or was he a free agemt? Traded…..traded means he can practice as soon as the trade is official, hence, Ocho Cinco being on the practice field uesterday and today…….

  66. firemarshal1 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:12 PM

    Prince Albert doesn’t need to be in shape. He’s a prince.

  67. digirootune says: Jul 30, 2011 11:38 PM

    Jul 30, 2011 9:07 PM

    jhm3 says:
    Jul 30, 2011 4:21 PM
    You can hear the laughing coming from Redskins Park !!!

    Why would the Redskins be laughing again?

    The Redskins are the one who overpaid him, gave him the majority of the guaranted money, and got nothing out of the guy…..Belichick gives up a 5th rd pick to the Redskins- who will promptly blow the pick on junk next year….and BB has about 12 late rd picks his pocket anyway, along with many top rd picks…… If it pays off, then he is the mad scientist…if it fails, cut the fat bastard and use the other 11 fifth rd picks next year..

    Haynesworth failed his conditioning this year…..unlike last year where Shanahan grossly mishandled the issue, BB is at least giving it a chance to blossom into somethng good…..

    And why are the Redskins are laughing????

    ——————
    Maybe because now we have an extra 5th, along with an extra 4th (Jason Campbell), along with and extra 6th (McNabb) in next years draft. Smells like a package deal to move up in the first round to snag a QB in a QB rich draft…thats why I’m laughing.

  68. richm2256 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:23 AM

    deddmunnie says:
    He’s trying to get released, so he can go to the Eagles.

    Right …… because New England had a gun to his headf when he signed with them the other day, right?

    This is discouraging news for the signing. People are right; you’re a professional athlete with millions of dollars on the line, why would you NOT show up in shape, ready to go?

    I can’t imagine Belichick being okay with this, and saying “it’s okay Albert, take a few days to get ready; we have all summer”.

    Looks like this one will be over before it’s started, Bill Belichick ain’t not Mike Shanahan. This is not going to drag out all year long. I don’t see him making it to Tuesday.

  69. richm2256 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:30 AM

    “ain’t NO”… sorry, long day.

  70. majmalphunktion says: Jul 31, 2011 1:28 AM

    Ah the failed conditioning test. Did we all forget this already? He came into camp last year 40 pounds lighter….then….

    The test called for Haynesworth to complete two sets of sprints with a break in between. Haynesworth used the men’s room during the break, an interval that Shanahan said was too long, ESPN reported.

    So Haynesworth had to start over and run the second set of sprints as if it were the first. He passed that set, but failed to meet Shanahan’s designated time limit on the third set. Haynesworth reportedly told Shanahan he’d never have been able to run three such sprints. At that point, Shanahan reportedly told him, “I guess you have never been in shape then.”-ESPN

    Out of shape or set up to fail? Shanahan wanted to break this guy, of course forgetting for a moment he is an adult- and if you had your boss out to grind you like this…what would you do? Screw him, take the 40 million, and watch from home knowing they will cut you the next year. It hurt Washington far more that AH. So people hate him now..that will change as soon as he sacks Sanchize.

    Look Haynesworth has a ton of negatives, he seems like another defensive player that is a headcase. But can he still play? I bet he can. I bet he will with a chip on his shoulder too.

  71. bubba99m says: Jul 31, 2011 1:56 AM

    If the Patriots are smart they will pay Albert in Cash. Since it’s unlikely they will see him anywhere near a weight room anytime soon, I suggest paying him twice a day; in bags of nickels. At least then he’ll get some lifting in if he wants to eat; and it appears he does like to eat.

  72. Kave Krew says: Jul 31, 2011 9:40 AM

    ——————
    Maybe because now we have an extra 5th, along with an extra 4th (Jason Campbell), along with and extra 6th (McNabb) in next years draft. Smells like a package deal to move up in the first round to snag a QB in a QB rich draft…thats why I’m laughing.

    Still wondering you guys are laughing……that is not appealing at all……

    So the Raiders may get a good QB……the Vikes a good QB…..the Pats a solid DL…..all 3 were buthchered up @ DC……and you get 3 low rd picks and you are laughing…..dont get it….

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