Patriots jettison Haynesworth

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots took just half a season to decide they didn't need Albert Haynesworth.

Two days after he sat out most of the second half against the Giants, the Patriots released the defensive lineman they obtained after his rocky two-year stay with the Redskins.

In six games with the Patriots, Haynesworth had six tackles and no sacks. His last play came in Sunday's 24-20 loss when left guard David Diehl blocked him to clear the way for Brandon Jacobs' 10-yard touchdown run with 9:10 left in the third quarter.

"We had a lot of defensive linemen active and so they played in different rotations," coach Bill Belichick said Monday. "Vince (Wilfork) is a guy, obviously, that we don't want off the field, but the rest of those guys, they can't all play. One guy plays for a while and then somebody else plays and they rotate."

Belichick didn't mention Haynesworth, 30, during his regular Tuesday conference call. About 4½ hours later, the team announced Haynesworth's release. The Boston Herald first reported the news.

On the Giants' first series of the second half, the 350-pound Haynesworth made some good plays early but got dominated on others. Then, on the sideline after Jacobs' touchdown run, he and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson had an animated discussion.

"Whatever we talk about as a team during the game or in meetings and all that, it's between the players and the coaches," Belichick said Monday.

The Patriots are 5-3, tied for first in the AFC East with the Bills and Jets, but have been ranked last in the NFL in defense most of the season.

They still have another underachieving high-profile acquisition, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. They obtained the six-time Pro Bowl player from the Cincinnati Bengals the same day they acquired Haynesworth.

BILLS lose DT: Buffalo placed starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams on injured reserve because of a left foot injury and signed journeyman kicker Dave Rayner to fill in for injured veteran Rian Lindell. Williams, who is scheduled to be examined by a specialist this week, has missed the past three games and been bothered by the injury since training camp.

Also, the Bills are offering a package of discounted tickets in a bid to fill a combined 57,000 unsold seats available for the final three home games. Calling the promotion a "December Charge," CEO Russ Brandon said the team is offering a 12.5 percent discount when fans buy tickets for all three games.

HGH TESTING: Titans player representative Jake Scott said the NFL should wait until March to deal with HGH testing. The league and NFLPA tentatively agreed in the contract that ended the lockout to implement testing for human growth hormone. But the union had to approve testing procedures and has not done so, saying it wants more information.

BEARS: Center Roberto Garza agreed on a two-year extension through 2013. Primarily a guard his first 10 seasons, Garza replaced the departed Olin Kreutz at center and helped stabilize the line after early struggles.

BROWNS: The team signed fullback Eddie Williams to its practice squad and released fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kevin Kolb is likely to miss a second straight game in his return to Philadelphia with a sprained foot and turf toe.

JAGUARS: Rookie linebacker Mike Lockley was added to the active roster, and tight end Martin Rucker went on injured reserve with a back injury.

PACKERS: Jason Wied, the team's vice president of administration/general counsel, is taking an indefinite leave of absence for "personal reasons."

PANTHERS: Practice squad linebacker Lawrence Wilson was released after being cited for speeding and marijuana possession during Carolina's bye week.

REDSKINS: Receiver David Anderson signed nearly a month after being waived by the Texans, and receiver Donte' Stallworth was released. The team also signed defensive end Kentwan Balmer and defensive back Domonique Johnson.

SEAHAWKS: Wide receiver Deon Butler was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Patriots jettison Haynesworth 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:06pm]

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