WASHINGTON — Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reached the boiling point Tuesday when Washington suspended the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman without pay for the rest of the season.
Citing a litany of acts that essentially add up to seasonlong insubordination, the Redskins suspended Haynesworth for "conduct detrimental to the club" and told him he's not welcome for the final four games — making it extremely unlikely he will play for the club again, less than two years after it signed him to a deal worth $100 million.
"(Haynesworth) has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time," Shanahan said in statement released by the team. "Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations. … He told our general manager Bruce Allen that he (Haynesworth) would no longer speak with me."
The suspension is the longest allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, said his client will appeal.
"The accusations made by coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen are vague and without merit," Speck said in a written statement. "…(Tuesday's notice) was the first that Albert received informing him that his conduct was not consistent with the 'terms of his contract' as Coach Shanahan claims."
Haynesworth and Shanahan have been going at it almost from the day the hard-nosed coach, who won two Super Bowls with Denver, was hired in January. Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts because he didn't want to play nosetackle in a 3-4 setup. Then came a training-camp holdout followed by a 10-day period in which Haynesworth could not pass a conditioning test.
Then Haynesworth had a lackluster practice Thursday, was late for a meeting Friday and was also limited at Friday's practice with an unspecified illness. He was benched for Sunday's loss to the Giants and denied a television report that he appeared "hung over" at practice.
Bucs sign center
With starter Jeff Faine out for the season with a triceps injury, the Bucs signed center Donovan Raiola. Tampa Bay had signed Raiola in June and released him in September. He spent time with the Cardinals and Bears in 2009 and also has had stints with the Steelers and Seahawks. Raiola, who turns 28 on Monday, played in college at Wisconsin.
BILLS: The team put guard Kraig Urbik (right knee) on injured reserve and promoted guard Chad Rinehart from the practice squad.
BRONCOS: Eric Studesville was officially introduced as the interim coach. Studesville, who has been an NFL running backs coach for a decade, says some changes will be made but not everything will be scrapped. He takes over for Josh McDaniels, who was fired Monday.
CARDINALS: Quarterback Max Hall (dislocated left shoulder) went on IR and former Redskins QB Richard Bartel signed.
COLTS: Cornerback Jerraud Powers (broken right forearm) had surgery and is out for the season.
DOLPHINS: The Miami Herald reported that receiver Brian Hartline had surgery on a hand injury and is likely to miss at least one game.
49ERS: Coach Mike Singletary said Alex Smith will re-take the starting quarterback job Sunday against Seattle.
JETS: Down to two safeties because of injuries, coach Rex Ryan said the team will have to cut recently re-signed receiver Laveranues Coles, a former Florida State standout, to make room. Safety James Ihedigbo, injured Monday at New England, was scheduled for an MRI exam on his right knee.
RAVENS: Tight end Todd Heap (hamstring) will miss at least one game, coach John Harbaugh said.
STEELERS: Tight end Heath Miller (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. … Former Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos signed to replace the injured Daniel Sepulveda.
FAVRE/STERGER CASE: A spokesman for Jenn Sterger, the former Jets game host who allegedly received inappropriate phone messages and photos from Brett Favre, said he is concerned that the quarterback will retire before the league's investigation ends. Phil Reese said Sterger, of Tampa, wants the probe to end during the season.
LABOR: The league and union reached an agreement to extend the union's deadline to file a collusion claim. The deadline had been this week; the new deadline was not known.