Mike Shanahan gave the starters the night off in the Redskins’ preseason finale against the Cardinals. It was no such night off for Albert Haynesworth.
Haynesworth started against the Cardinals and played the entire game — 49 out of 55 defensive snaps — at both right defensive and nose tackle, according to Jason Reid of The Washington Post.
No telling if that workload sat well with Haynesworth, who declined to talk to reporters after the game.
Shanahan, meanwhile, continued with his message.
“He’s got to get in football shape,” Shanahan said. “For the same reasons we’ve talked about. We got to get him some playing time so he can get back in football shape. I got to take a look at the film to tell you exactly how he played.”
While Shanahan needs to look at the film, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett offered something that wasn’t exactly a glowing assessment of Haynesworth’s night.
“He just needed reps,” Haslett said. “I didn’t see any impact plays. I didn’t see any sacks or things like that. But those guys [Arizona’s offensive line], if they do their work, then they’re playing pretty well. I know the one [play], he had a mental error. … He went the wrong way on the quarterback scramble. Besides that, I’m not sure. Hopefully, he played well for his sake.”
For his sake … Wow. What’s next is waiting for Haynesworth’s reaction, and whether his role changes for the regular-season opener. Judging the situation from the outside, it seems Haynesworth has a long ways to go before he’s back in Shanahan’s good graces.