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Bathroom break no help to Redskin

ASHBURN, Va. — Albert Haynesworth failed his conditioning test Thursday and was forced to sit out the first practice of Redskins training camp.

"The bottom line," coach Mike Shanahan said, "is we're going to get him in shape."

Shanahan said the defensive tackle, who declined to comment, will take the test once a day until he passes. If he fails, he'll have to spend extra time on the treadmill, as he did Thursday.

Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts because he is unhappy with the switch to a 3-4 defense. He was the only player required to take the test. Everyone else attended a required percentage of offseason workouts.

The Washington Post reported the tests consisted of two sets of sprints each totaling 300 yards. It reported Haynesworth did well on the first but then needed a break to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he had to start over and was too tired to finish.

"I don't even think a lot of us guys that were even here 100 percent could have passed that thing," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said.

But Shanahan said Haynesworth was not set up to fail.

"It's a very fair test," Shanahan said. "But more importantly, it keeps a guy from getting hurt."

Tebow agrees to deal

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow agreed to a contract with the Broncos. It's worth $11.25 million ($8.7 million guaranteed) over five years.

Tebow, the 25th overall pick, missed three workouts for rookies and selected veterans. He is expected to practice this morning, the final session before full-squad workouts begin Sunday.

More First-round signings: The Raiders signed linebacker Rolando McClain, picked eighth, late Wednesday. The Associated Press reported he got a five-year deal worth $40 million ($23 million guaranteed). Defensive end Brandon Graham, picked 13th, agreed to a deal with the Eagles. Terms were not disclosed. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon picked 19th, agreed to a deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. And the agent for defensive end Jared Odrick, taken 28th, said he agreed to a deal with the Dolphins. Drew Rosenhaus said Odrick got a five-year deal worth $13 million ($7.13 million guaranteed).

Owens practices: Receiver Terrell Owens, who this week signed with the Bengals, missed his overnight flight from the West Coast, delaying his arrival at camp. But he got there in time to take part in the evening practice. Meanwhile, fellow Bengals receiver Antonio Bryant said he has agreed to give up his No. 81 to Owens. The former Buc won't receive money. Instead, he'll get a donation to his favorite charity.

Bills: Trent Edwards has emerged as the top contender in the quarterback competition. He took the majority of snaps during the first practice while Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm — who each made starts last season — split the rest. Also, starting linebacker Chris Kelsay is out indefinitely with an undisclosed right shoulder injury.

Cowboys: Teddy Williams, a four-time All-America sprinter at Texas-San Antonio, signed. Williams, who will play cornerback, hasn't played football since his senior year of high school.

Seahawks: Guard Chester Pitts, a starter for the Texans from 2002 until last season, agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million, the Associated Press reported.

Steelers: Five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams signed a two-year deal. He played 12 seasons with Dallas but was cut last spring before receiving a $2.5 million roster bonus.

Titans: Commissioner Roger Goodell said he won't suspend quarterback Vince Young for an offseason altercation at a strip club in which he was cited for misdemeanor assault. "I did have a good conversation with Vince, however, about his responsibility as an NFL player," Goodell said. "He needs to avoid putting himself in that kind of position."

Bathroom break no help to Redskin 07/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:16pm]
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