Haynesworth will have MRI on knee

Sore knee, slick field keep him off the practice field for a seventh day, continuing to stall his transition to the 3-4 defense. Shanahan calls for an MRI.

By now, you'd figure Albert Haynesworth would have finally joined his Washington Redskins teammates and we'd all have moved on to more important topics – like Brett Favre.

But no. It's been one week since the ‘Skins officially opened training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., and Haynesworth has yet to practice because of a sore knee and his inability to complete a basic conditioning test. When will some enterprising soul start selling "Free Albert" T-shirts?

In his blog for the Washington Post, Jason Reid writes that Haynesworth arrived at 6 a.m. today but was unable to attempt the drill again because of continued soreness in his knee and a slick field. Coach Mike Shanahan now says that Haynesworth will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

So it's fair to say the Redskins defensive lineman will probably not practice this week. Clearly, this isn't a good development as the team transitions from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, with Haynesworth reluctantly playing nose tackle.

The odd thing is that Haynesworth and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett are developing a cohesive working relationship, according to Reid, and that Haslett would prefer to see Haynesworth take part in 11-on-11 drills sooner rather than later. But that's not likely to happen at Camp Shanny.

Reid also reported that Haynesworth did some rigorous work at the conclusion of today's morning practice and spent the entire morning on the practice field. So he's learning some important concepts even though he can't put those concepts into practice with his teammates.

So at least he's gaining ground. Shanahan, however, remains unsure how soon his player will be fit enough to try taking the test again.

"We'll just wait and see," he said. "That's why he gets treatment. He was out there doing individual work today and was a lot further ahead than I thought he would be. So today it surprised me how well he did during the drill work."

Assuming he didn't practice in the afternoon, Haynesworth will have missed 14 practice sessions since the start of camp. Reid reported that one source has said Haynesworth could avoid having to finish the conditioning drill by apologizing to Shanahan for missing virtually all offseason workouts and voicing his displeasure with the new defense.

Fat chance of that happening.

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