Albert Haynesworth made an appearance last Monday at the start of the Redskins’ offseason program. And then, according to several reports, he left. But there’s more to the story.
According to a report by Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sports Net, Haynesworth showed up for orientation but missed the remainder of the week. Not included in the report, however, is whether Haynesworth was excused for his absence. Jason Reid of The Washington Post followed that report Sunday by adding a key piece of information — Haynesworth never intended to participate, and the Redskins were aware of his plans, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
New coach Mike Shanahan addressed the Redskins for the first time at the beginning of the program, with Haynesworth present.
While internet rumors had suggested that Haynesworth would skip the workouts in protest of his role in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense, Reid first reported last week the two sides have discussed his role and there are “no secrets” regarding how the two-time All-Pro feels about the situation.
As for that role, which appears to be the root of the situation, indications are the Redskins and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett envision Haynesworth in multiple roles at both nose tackle and defensive end, depending on the alignment.