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.