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Redskins lineman passes big test

ASHBURN, Va. — Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth finally passed his conditioning test Saturday morning and was allowed to practice.

Coach Mike Shanahan had said because the two-time All-Pro skipped all of the offseason workouts, he could not practice until he completed two sets of six back-and-forth 25-yard sprints in 70 and 73 seconds (with a 3½-minute break in between). Haynesworth finished in 66 and 70.

"He probably doesn't like me very much right now," Shanahan said of Haynesworth, who also asked to be traded before collecting a $21 million bonus in April. "But I'm not here to be liked. I'm here to get him to play. And hopefully, he'll play at a very high level."

After passing the test on his fourth try — he did not take it the previous four days because of a sore left knee — Haynesworth did not make it through the practice. After some drills, he had a huge wrap on the knee.

The Redskins are off today, and coaches say they expect Haynesworth to be able to go through a full practice Monday, working initially with the reserves. But the knee problem, which has bothered Haynesworth for several years, isn't going away.

"Last year, he said he was having problems every third or fourth day," Shanahan said. "That's why we're going to make sure that he gets treatment."

Before Saturday, Haynesworth had not spoken to the media. Saturday, he gave a short statement: "The test is over, and now it's back to playing football. I want to thank all the fans for coming out and still supporting me and still wearing (No.) 92 jerseys and still believing in me. So y'all have a good day."

The primary reason for Haynesworth's unhappiness was the change to a 3-4 defense.

Asked if Haynesworth is okay with it now, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said, "He really has no say in it. We're not changing it. He really just has to go along with it."

Favre update: In a text to NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre said his left ankle, on which he had surgery in May, remains sore. "His arm feels great," Mariucci said. "His conditioning is good, but he hasn't run much without pain in his ankle. It still gives him pain, and it needs to be better before he reports."

Cardinals: Receiver Early Doucet missed practice with an abdominal injury and is day to day.

Colts: Starting left tackle Charlie Johnson (sprained right foot) and backup guard Andy Alleman (back) sat out Saturday's scrimmage. Both were hurt during practice Friday, and coach Jim Caldwell did not say how much time they would miss.

Eagles: Receiver DeSean Jackson returned to practice six days after he was carted off with a strained lower back. He landed awkwardly after catching a pass.

Falcons: Coach Mike Smith said the team doesn't know the extent of receiver Michael Jenkins' right shoulder injury. Jenkins, a graduate of Tampa's Leto High, fell on it after running a long pattern during Friday's scrimmage.

49ers: Starting linebacker Ahmad Brooks was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney. The team said only Brooks, hurt Friday, is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Giants: Receiver Steve Smith said he hopes to return from a strained groin next week. He sat out practice a day after sustaining the injury but said he already was feeling better.

Jets: Backup receiver David Clowney sat out a scrimmage for an undisclosed personal issue.

Ravens: Starting offensive tackle Jared Gaither saw a back specialist for spasms that flared up last week. But coach John Harbaugh said he doesn't believe it's serious.

Vikings: Coach Brad Childress said he expects receiver Percy Harvin to return to practice in the next couple of days. The former Florida star missed all of last week after the death of his grandmother.

Redskins lineman passes big test 08/07/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 7, 2010 10:40pm]
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