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By PFW staff

Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth has not made a lot of friends in Washington this summer with his displeasure over his role with the team.

But he reportedly is set to mend fences.

The Washington Post is reporting that Haynesworth is ready to join his teammates at training camp, which begins Thursday in Ashburn, Va., and is enthusiastic about his role on a defense that is transitioning to more 3-4 alignments.

Upset that he would have to play nose tackle in the new defense, Haynesworth let his unhappiness be known this offseason and stayed away from the team’s minicamps and OTAs.

The Redskins had assumed that Haynesworth was on the same page with the team and wanted to be a Redskin when he accepted a $21 million check in April — a bonus that was due to be paid off as part of the seven-year, $100 million mega-contract he signed with the team last year as a free agent from the Titans.

Haynesworth’s absence angered many veterans, who spoke out against the league’s highest-paid defender.

According to ESPN, Haynesworth met with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday and found out he must pass a conditioning test in order to join his teammates on the field at practice.

The team also has let him know that he would only be playing nose tackle part of the time. Maake Kemoeatu, who is coming off Achilles tendon surgery, would be the primary nose tackle when he’s healthy, moving Haynesworth to defensive end when the two are on the field at the same time.


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