Another failed test for Albert Haynesworth
This Albert Haynesworth drama doesn’t seem to be nearing the final act anytime soon.
As I tweeted earlier today, the two-time all-pro defensive lineman failed the Redskins’ conditioning test for the second straight day and, as a result, was not allowed to practice with the team.
After this morning’s 2 hour, 15 minute practice, strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright met with reporters to explain details of the test. He confirmed what we and a few other outlets reported yesterday: that the test consists of two sets of six 50-yard shuttle runs (for a total of 300 yards per set). The player sprints in a straight line to the 25-yard mark, touches the corresponding yard line with his foot, runs back and repeats.
Wright revealed that offensive and defensive linemen must complete the first set in 70 seconds. After a 3 ½-minute break, the second set must be completed in 73 seconds.
“Most people could do this test in their sleep,” coach Mike Shanahan insisted after practice. “It’s not as big as it may sound.”
Apparently Haynesworth can’t, though. He failed this morning’s test because he completed his first set in 71 seconds, just one second slower than the requirement, Wright said. Haynesworth did not attempt the second set because he already failed.
The narrow margin highlighted the possibility that Shanahan is making an example of Haynesworth for skipping the offseason program. Shanahan, however, downplayed that notion.
“I don’t want to put a guy out there before I know he’s in shape,” Shanahan said. “I know it’s the best thing for him. He may not know that at this time, but I can guarantee you, the big linemen that I’ve been with, the guys that are in the trenches, they still need to be in shape. This test is a very minimal test.”
Haynesworth spent some of the morning practice on the treadmill in the Redskins Park weight room. He worked out after practice on a side field with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney, just as he did yesterday. When he was finished, he walked past reporters without acknowledging them.
Wright also confirmed details of how Haynesworth failed on Thursday.
Haynesworth passed the first set but took a bathroom break between sets. He returned to the field after almost 10 minutes, which, of course, is longer than the allotted break time.
Wright said he told Haynesworth that Haynesworth would have to start the whole test again and suggested he wait until Friday morning. Haynesworth, however, proceeded and failed.
“What he’s doing is he’s learning how to run it,” Wright said. “There’s a pace you have to have, a certain tempo each 25 yards. I expect him to pass it pretty soon. I don’t know when. I can’t give you tomorrow or two days, but once he familiarizes himself with it, I think he’ll pass.”
Wright said that Haynesworth is the only player that has been subjected to the test because he did not meet the threshold of 50 percent attendance at the offseason program. He said that players were notified they’d have to pass a conditioning test if they stayed away from Redskins Park.
Players who did take part in the offseason program performed this exercise during their regular conditioning routine, Wright said. However, their participation in training camp did not depend on meeting certain time requirements.
Shanahan made it clear that he won’t field any more questions about Haynesworth until he passes the test. At this rate, though, that could be a while.
I’ll leave you with a question.
Do you think this is an unnecessary power play by Shanahan, or do you think Haynesworth brought this on himself by skipping the offseason program? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section, in an email, or hit me on Twitter @Rich_Campbell.