Haynesworth saga takes a new twist

WASHINGTON — The dispute between Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan escalated late Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

After Saturday's 23-3 loss to the Ravens, Haynesworth accused Shanahan of mischaracterizing why he missed 21/2 practices last week in order to make the team "look good" and him "look bad."

Shanahan gave several reasons why Haynesworth sat, eventually saying "more of a headache than anything else." Haynesworth said Shanahan "left out a whole lot of stuff" but gave few details: "I got out of a hot tub. I was dizzy. I threw up."

The Washington Post reported Haynesworth has rhabdomyolysis, a muscular condition whose symptoms include weakened, stiff or aching muscles and is often caused by muscle trauma or dehydration. Asked about the report Sunday, Shanahan said, "Not aware of that."

Haynesworth also was unhappy he didn't enter Saturday's game until the third quarter. In both games, the two-time All-Pro has played only with backups.

"I'm a ninth-year pro," Haynesworth said. "I don't think I should have been out there in the third quarter."

Problems began when Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts and asked to be traded because he didn't want to play in the new 3-4 defense. Haynesworth also skipped a mandatory minicamp. Then he had to pass a conditioning test at training camp to practice, which took 10 days.

More Redskins: Starting safety Kareem Moore will miss several weeks with a sprained right knee sustained while trying to make a tackle on a Ravens fake punt. The team did not give a firm timetable for his return.

Favre plays one series

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Favre's first game back with the Vikings lasted four plays.

Favre completed a 13-yard swing pass to Adrian Peterson on his first play of a 15-10 loss to the 49ers. After Peterson lost 3 yards on a run, Favre was sacked for a 10-yard loss. Albert Young then ran for 9 yards.

"I didn't fumble a snap, completed a pass," said Favre, 40, who played four days after his first training camp practice. "That's a win for me. There's no substitute for getting in a game, calling plays, having a 40-second clock that you have to pay attention to."

Coach Brad Childress planned to give Favre 10 plays, but that changed when it took so long for the Vikings offense to finally get on the field.

That's because San Francisco's Alex Smith, 3-of-9 for 37 yards in the preseason opener, led a 12-play touchdown drive on the game's first series. He finished 9-of-13 for 88 yards.

Bills: Tight end Michael Matthews left practice after twisting his ankle while running a route. Tests are scheduled for today. Buffalo already is without tight ends Derek Schouman (3-6 weeks with a right knee injury) and Shawn Nelson (four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs). Jonathan Stupar is the only healthy tight end in camp.

Eagles: Todd Herremans, the starting left guard since 2006, practiced for the first time and is expected to play Friday against Kansas City. Last season, he missed five games after surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. When it started to bother him before camp, the team shut him down as a precaution.

Giants: Coach Tom Coughlin said running back Brandon Jacobs likely will return to practice today. He sat out Saturday's game with a sore neck, which he hurt while lifting weights, but an MRI exam showed no damage.

Seahawks: Offensive tackle Russell Okung, the sixth overall pick in April, will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained ankle sustained Saturday against Green Bay, NFL Network reported.

Texans: Danny Clark, a frontrunner to start at linebacker during Brian Cushing's four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, was diagnosed with a sprained knee. Clark, hurt Saturday against New Orleans, is questionable for Saturday against Dallas. Xavier Adibi, another candidate, is out with a groin injury.

Haynesworth saga takes a new twist 08/23/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:32am]

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