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Disgruntled Haynesworth plans to attend training camp
Albert Haynesworth’s impasse with the Washington Redskins apparently won’t stop him from attending the start of training camp next month.
The disgruntled defensive lineman issued a statement today saying that he will report on time after skipping a mandatory minicamp last week.
“Despite my current differences with the Redskins, I have always planned to attend training camp and honor my contract,” his statement read. “As I have previously said, I am continuing to prepare for the season individually and will report on time, in shape and ready to play football. Any issues I have with the club I will discuss privately and therefore do not plan to make any further public comments about this matter.”
Haynesworth, who in February 2009 signed a record $100 million free agent contract that included $41 million guaranteed, did not participate in new coach Mike Shanahan’s offseason training program because he does want to play in the 3-4 alignment that Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett are installing. He was the only player that skipped each on-field session.
His declaration of intent to attend training camp doesn’t diffuse the situation, though.
Many of Haynesworth’s teammates publicly scolded him after he skipped minicamp last week, leaving questions as to how he can fit into Shanahan’s new regime.
Haynesworth has asked to be traded, and that possibility remains. It wouldn’t be surprising if he is dealt early in training camp to a team that suffers an injury to a key defensive lineman.
The Redskins fined Haynesworth $10,000 for missing the minicamp and could fine him $16,500 per day if he held out of training camp while under contract.
Training camp begins July 29 in Ashburn.