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If Haynesworth Remains Uncooperative, Shanahan Ready To Move On

Mike Shanahan is hedging his bets these days.  If his star DT Haynesworth show up to camp, he expects him to be in shape and ready to go.  If not — he and the Redskins are moving on without Haynesworth.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said last week that he expects defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to do whatever the Redskins’ coaching staff tells him to do, whether that means playing nose tackle, defensive end or free safety.

But what if Haynesworth is uncooperative with the coaches when training camp opens?

In an interview that aired Sunday on ESPNews, Ed Werder asked Shanahan if he’s optimistic that Haynesworth will be cooperative with playing in the 3-4 scheme that the Redskins are installing.

“We’ll find out,” Shanahan answered. “We know how talented he is, we know what he’s done in the past, and I’m looking from the positive side that he comes in and does what he’s supposed to do. If not, we’ll go ahead without him.”

Shanahan has stated emphatically that Haynesworth will not be traded. But Shanahan’s comments to Werder suggest that the Redskins don’t think Haynesworth is a player they need to keep, especially if he’s not interested in doing what Shanahan and the staff tell him to do.

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