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Haynesworth will not be traded… for now

ASHBURN, Va. — Albert Haynesworth isn't going anywhere, at least through Sunday. Addressing the latest trade reports, coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that the defensive tackle will be with the Redskins for their opener.

"Albert will be with our team on Sunday," Shanahan said.

But there was a lot Shanahan didn't say about Haynesworth, with whom he has clashed since taking over during the offseason.

Asked about the trade talk, which the Associated Press reported took place with the Titans, Shanahan said: "We've heard all these rumors and speculations. Albert had a great practice (Wednesday), and he'll be ready to go this weekend."

Asked if he would listen if a team called about a trade, Shanahan reiterate his stance.

"If he wasn't here (Sunday), I think you'd call me a liar, wouldn't you?" he said. "And you'd have the right to do that."

Asked if Haynesworth will play, Shanahan talked about "competitive advantage," saying it shouldn't be revealed if a player is a starter, backup or not playing. Haynesworth is listed as the backup nose tackle on the depth chart on the Redskins' website.

Miami signs former Buc kick returner Smith

MIAMI — Kick returner Clifton Smith, released Sunday by the Bucs, signed with the Dolphins.

Miami has sought a replacement for Ted Ginn, who was traded to the 49ers in April.

As a rookie in 2008, Smith became the first Bucs kick returner selected to the Pro Bowl. In 2009, he led the NFL with a 29.1 kickoff return average.

Also, Dolphins left tackle Jake Long, who sustained an undisclosed left knee injury during the final preseason game, returned to practice but was limited. He's expected to play Sunday.

Linebacker Channing Crowder, out since Aug. 17 with a groin injury, jogged on the side. The former Gator's status hasn't been determined.

Question angers Giants RB: Giants running back Brandon Jacobs stormed off from an interview session after being questioned about his role.

Jacobs was demoted to No. 2 behind Ahmad Bradshaw. He refused to answer questions about comments he made last week that he was unhappy about it.

After answering some questions about the new stadium and the upcoming season, he was asked about the team's two-back system in 2008, when he and Derrick Ward shared carries and each ran for 1,000 yards. Part of the question dealt with if both backs forgot their egos?

"You think I'm stupid, aren't you? You guys are funny, man," Jacobs said before he walked away and uttered an expletive.

Fewer tickets: Season-ticket sales around the league declined for the third consecutive season. Depending on the final numbers, they will be down between 1 percent and 2 percent from 2009, said Eric Grubman, the league's executive vice president for business ventures. But he added the league believes the drop could have been worse given the financial climate.

Bears: Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs was in full pads for the first time since Aug. 28, practiced on a limited basis and is expected to play Sunday. He sprained his right ankle in the third preseason game.

Bills: Coach Chan Gailey named C.J. Spiller the starting running back. He said Spiller, the ninth overall pick in April, would be starting even if Fred Jackson (broken left hand) and Marshawn Lynch (undisclosed ankle injury), who split starting duties last season, had not gotten hurt.

Colts: Left tackle Tony Ugoh, who lost his starting job last season, was waived.

Cowboys: Right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier, expected to start, missed practice and are questionable for Sunday. Colombo, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, was supposed to return a week ago based on the initial timetable. Kosier sprained a ligament in his right knee and is three weeks into a recovery that was expected to take 4-6 weeks, leaving him possible for the opener.

Jaguars: Guard Uche Nwaneri, who has started 28 games over the past two seasons, signed a five-year extension, which the AP reported is worth $24 million.

Rams: Receiver Mark Clayton, acquired from the Ravens on Monday, said he expects to play Sunday despite limited time learning the playbook.

Haynesworth will not be traded… for now 09/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 11:41pm]

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