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Shanahan: Haynesworth test postponed due to irritated knee

Coach Mike Shanahan a few moments ago confirmed our report that Albert Haynesworth did not take his conditioning test this morning.

Shanahan also disclosed the reason: Haynesworth arrived at team headquarters “quite early” and said his knee was irritated. Team doctors recommended that he not run and that he work out on the exercise bike.

Haynesworth came out to the practice field this morning–wearing a jersey, no pads and a baseball cap–and stood with the defensive linemen during position drills. He stood near line coach Jacob Burney, who explained some things, such as terminology, while the other guys worked.

Haynesworth will attend this afternoon’s walkthrough to observe players’ responsibilities in the defense, Shanahan said.

“He won’t get a chance to be out with his teammates until he passes the test,” Shanahan reiterated.

As for the knee injury, Shanahan called it a “setback.”

“Hopefully it’s not too bad and he can keep conditioning and be out with the team in the near future,” he said.

Haynesworth will be evaluated on a daily basis, and whether he takes it tomorrow depends on how he’s feeling, Shanahan said.

Also, general manager Bruce Allen after practice spoke publicly for the first time about the situation. I asked him whether he believes it’s important that Shanahan set a standard for players who don’t attend the offseason program.

“I don’t see it that way,” he said. Allen, during his brief remarks, also added that he is not disappointed by the situation.