While Chad Ochocinco has made it onto the practice field and joined the team for team drills, Albert Haynesworth has yet to participate in practice. Bill Belichick didn’t elaborate on Haynesworth’s absence (surprise, surprise) in his on-field interview early Saturday. Here’s the question exchange on Haynesworth:
Q: Is there a reason he wasn’t practicing this morning?
BB: He’s not quite ready to practice yet.
Q: Is it injury related?
BB: When he’s ready, he’ll be out there.
Q: So he doesn’t qualify under the not until August 4th thing? He can practice when he’s ready?
BB: Yes, when he’s ready.
Reports coming in suggest we may be seeing some of the old Albert Haynesworth.
CBS Sports is reporting that Haynesworth failed his conditioning test and therefore cannot practice. Football fans probably remember the fiasco that unfolded in Washington last year when Haynesworth failed his conditioning test, and kept failing it. It became a media sideshow, with sports journalists even doing the test and passing it.
Still, we have yet to get an official word on whether Haynesworth passed or not, and he hasn’t been placed on the active/PUP list or anything like that. Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston feels that Haynesworth deserves the benefit of the doubt, but that sure is a tough thing to do considering his past. Until Haynesworth steps on the field, everyone will continue to speculate and wonder if Haynesworth can change his ways.