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Haynesworth Expected to Play vs Tampa Bay

Good news for Redskins fans as Albert Haynesworth is expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at FedEx Field. There was question surrounding Haynesworth’s hip that he injured last week against the Detroit Lions which led to him getting carted off the field.

Apparently the injury was a muscle strain in his hip, something that can be quite bothersome especially if you are trying to balance 350 pounds on it. There was question amongst fans however as to whether the injury was actually legit or if it was just Haynesworth tapping out due to fatigue. The criticism comes for several reasons. In the first half of the game against the Giants, Haynesworth went down and had to be walked off the field only to return later. The following week before the game against St. Louis, Rams Offensive Lineman Jason Brown came out publicly with this statement:

“And I’m not sure if you have watched film before, but when he gets fatigued, he taps out. He just falls down to the ground, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, is he hurt? Is something wrong with him?’ No, he’s just giving the guy on the sidelines enough time to mosey on out there so he can get up, go to the sidelines, catch a breather, get something to drink and then he comes right back out.”

Haynesworth wasn’t about to go down after he was called out publicly by the opposing team. However it did put into question Albert’s conditioning and actions on the field. You just don’t expect to see a player getting carted off the field like Albert was against the Lions, and then return to the game and compete. So are we to believe this was a legitimate injury or did Albert Haynesworth just get tired again and couldn’t get off the field?

Apparently some who have followed Big Al even going back to his high school days in South Carolina have reported that this behavior is nothing new confirming Jason Brown’s comment. If this is the case how do the Washington Redskin scouts and Vinny Ceratto not notice this? For now let’s give Albert Haynesworth the benefit of the doubt. It’s still early in the season but keep a close eye on these habits in the coming games.

One more pre game note: Reed Doughty will be starting in place of Chris Horton at the safety position. Apparently the cause is not due to injury but level of play. Doughty impressed in the preseason and made several nice tackles against the Lions. Horton, the standout 7th round draft pick from a year ago has not been impressive so far this year.

He has had a penchant for giving up big plays including his failure to fill his assigned gap that sprung Rams Running Back Steven Jackson for a 50 yard run setting up St. Louis’ only touchdown. Against the Detroit Lions, Horton was called for a momentum killing pass interference penalty deep in the Detroit side of the field that set up another Lions score. Horton will continue to see playing time this week but Greg Blatche believes right now Reed Doughty deserves the starting spot.

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