TAMPA — Bucs DT Albert Haynesworth did not practice Wednesday, but GM Mark Dominik stressed that was by design and not a result of the player's unwillingness.
Dominik said it's an effort by the team to be smart with the veteran's workload. He said there will be weeks when coaches give Haynesworth, 30, multiple days off if that's what it takes for him to be ready to go when on game days.
Haynesworth was listed on the injury report as having a knee injury, one that caused him to miss two games this season.
"He's obviously a 30-year-old veteran who has played a lot of football in his career," Dominik said. "If that means sometime we feel like he needs two to three days off in a row, we're going to do that.
"(There is) no set pattern of how we're going to practice him. We're just going to make sure we keep him in condition and ready to play."
Haynesworth was claimed off waivers from the Patriots last week and after two days of practice played 47 snaps in the loss to the Texans on Sunday. It was his most extensive workload of the season. He played sparingly for New England.
Dominik said there was no concern about Haynesworth's missed practice time affecting his ability to learn the Bucs' system. Dominik said what Haynesworth does in the meeting room and in walkthroughs will keep him up to date.
Haynesworth, who is in his 10th season, was dogged by questions about his effort and commitment in his previous two stops, the other being Washington. But coach Raheem Morris was adamant that neither of those things have been an issue so far.
MAKING CONTACT: Morris conducted practice with players wearing shoulder pads and helmets rather than the usual helmets, shorts and jerseys in an effort to intensify the workout.
The idea was to create a tone that will carry over to game days and result in a more physical performance for a team that was pushed around by Houston.
"For us, it's about the mentality," Morris said. "When guys put their helmets on and shoulder pads on and strap up ready to go, there's a different type of urgency in practice. When you have a young team, you have to do some of those things."
The NFL's collective bargaining agreement severely restricts how many practices can be conducted in pads. Morris is allotted one more padded practice before the end of this week, and he'll use it today.
FALLING SHORT: The Bucs have long had a standard for measuring the effort of every unit. On Sunday, many players fell short.
There has been some peer pressure this week to raise the effort across the board.
"When you talk about everything that goes into a football game, not everything is going to go your way," QB Josh Freeman said. "But the one thing you can make sure goes your way every play, (at) every position, is effort. That's really inexcusable for someone to go out and not give 100 percent on every play.
"It's really disgusting."
INJURY REPORT: FS Tanard Jackson (hamstring) missed practice and said his injury will continue to be a factor.
"A hamstring is a nagging injury," he said. "It doesn't just go away. It goes away with rest. But I'm feeling good."
LB Dekoda Watson (groin) and DT Frank Okam (calf) also missed practice. DE Michael Bennett (groin) practiced in a limited capacity.