The Redskins have suspended DL Albert Haynesworth without pay for the remainder of the regular season for "conduct detrimental to the club." GM Bruce Allen told Haynesworth of the team's decision on Tuesday morning.
Head coach Mike Shanahan, who has had repeated issues with Haynesworth over the past year, issued a statement on the suspension:
"Despite the club's numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time. Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations. He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.
"Yesterday, when Albert was at Redskin Park, he told our General Manager Bruce Allen that he (Haynesworth) would no longer speak with me. Although suspending any player is not a decision that a head coach enters into lightly, I believe the situation has reached the point where the club clearly has no alternative."
Haynesworth has played in eight games this season but was inactive in Week 13 due to illness. Multiple newspaper reports claimed the player was hung over, which Haynesworth denied. The defensive lineman, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the team in February 2009, went on a D.C. radio station late Monday to give his side of the story.
"I believe there's some kind of haters in the organization, that they don't like me," Haynesworth said on 106.7 The Fan. "I don't know if it's players, I don't know if it's coaches, I don't know who it is. Obviously, somebody who doesn't like me, which is fine. But when you go out there and start making up lies, then, yeah, I've got something to say."
The way we see it
The relationship between Hayneswroth and Shanahan has been rocky since Day One, but missing practice and showing up late to a meeting last week due to a cold appears to have been the last straw for the head coach. Many other veteran players on the 'Skins were apparently sick last week as well, yet none of them felt the need to miss any time on the field. It seems the next move for the team will be releasing Haynesworth following the season, which may actually favor the player, who obviously no longer wants to play for Shanahan.
For further take, read Eric Edholm's Spin on the Redskins.