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Shanahan On Haynesworth: “I think he looked pretty good”

Via The Washington Post:

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth participated fully in practice for the first time Monday at Redskins Park.

Haynesworth, after finally passing his conditioning test on his fourth attempt Saturday, was limited in his first practice during Fan Appreciation Day in Ashburn. Players were off Sunday, and Hayensworth worked at nose tackle with the second-team defense as practiced resumed.

“I think he looked pretty good,” Shanahan said after the morning session. “I haven’t had a chance to look at [tape of] practice on the defensive side, but what I saw looked pretty good.”

After skipping all but one day of the offseason program, Haynesworth, the Redskins say, is far behind his teammates in learning the new 3-4 defensive scheme. Haynesworth issued a brief statement Saturday and has declined to answer questions.

Initially, the nine-year veteran will back up first-team nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu. Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will not hand Haynesworth anything. But many within the organization envision Haynesworth, barring injury, eventually being the team’s starting right defensive end.

It seem doubtful Haynesworth, who has been slowed because of knee irritation, will play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.

“I really don’t know,” Shanahan said. “It all depends on how he looks in practice, what type of football shape he’s in. It takes awhile. It’s one of the reasons why you do have preseason games: to get back in football shape.

“To try and get acclimated to playing football again, football-related drills. Hopefully, he stays in good shape, there’s no setbacks with his knee, and we’ll see what he can do in preseason games as he gets in shape.”


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