UPDATE: Haynesworth has been suspended without pay for the remaining 4 games for violating team policy and displaying behavior detrimental to the team.
We didn’t see much of Big Al this past weekend, and what we did see of him wasn’t pretty. He looked cold, bored, and bitter standing on the sidelines. Today he’s fired up, and wants to be let off the leash in Washington.
“The bottom line, Sunday, I was ready to play, could’ve played, wanted to play, and then I come in and my stuff is packed up. They tell me I’m deactivated. That’s their choice. I’m here to play. Everybody’s saying I’m not committed, I’m committed. I’m ready to play. I’ve never had an issue with playing. I always play hard, I play hurt. I’ll blow out something before I quit playing. I’m still the same player that I was when I was at Tennessee and if they can put me on the field and let me prove that, then I would. Getting 14 snaps a game is not helping anything.”
Bottom line, if Haynesworth was playing Sunday the Redskins would have had a better shot at sacking Eli Manning and stopping the Giants ground attack. Whatever the reason was for Shanahan to deactivate Haynesworth when you last shred of playoff hope was on the line, it wasn’t reason enough to leave Big Al out in the cold and let your team get pummeled. He’s the best defensive player they have, it’s a fact. Either utilize him for what he brings to the table, or let him go.
Riggo’s Rag is already waiving bye.