Could Haynesworth be deactivated for opener?

Albert Haynesworth will see plenty of action when the Redskins play their final preseason game, but it's possible he might be deactivated for the regular-season opener.

In a story that apparently has no end, now comes word that Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth could be deactivated for the team's Week 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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.


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