That interesting bit of news was reported Wednesday by NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, who reported it after speaking to a member of the Redskins' staff. There were no assurances either way from coach Mike Shanahan.
While most of the team's starters will sit Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals, Haynesworth will be pretty busy. In his blog for the Washington Post, reporter Jason Reid said Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett ratcheted up Haynesworth's workload in last week's game against the New York Jets in the hope he could be ready for the season opener.
Reid, who covers the team, didn't discuss the issue of Haynesworth's possible deactivation for the opener. He noted that Haynesworth played through the third quarter against the Jets and was said to be learning some of the finer points of the 3-4 defense.
Right now, it sounds as if Haynesworth would have to fall flat on his face Thursday to find himself on the sidelines when the ‘Skins face the Cowboys.