Washington Redskins efensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been suspended four games, and he won’t be able to play the rest of the season due to behavior that was “detrimental to the team.” Now, the big man will have to watch from the sidelines, and watch Donovan McNabb somehow get the Redskins out of their hole. Ironically, the previous two games against the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants were games where he was needed most. Haynesworth said he didn’t want to play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, and early this season, he has skipped offeseason workouts, boycotted mini-camp, and required 10 days to pass conditioning exams.
Coach Mike Shanahan said that Haynesworth “refused to cooperate with [the] coaching staff,” and as a result, he now faces suspension. Most likely, Haynesworth will be gone from the Washington Redskins roster by next (available) season. Haynesworth has considerable talent when properly focused, and his wide girth helped clogged the middle and stop runs and pressure quarterbacks.
The schedule ahead will be tough for the Washington Redskins with several elite running backs soon to be on their doorstep. Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, and the tandem of Tashard Jones and Felix Jones will be coming for the Redskins defense. Haynesworth would be invaluable in those games, but it will rest upon McNabb to kickstart this offense since most likely, the defense will be torn to shreds by the rushing attack.