On the eve of the first day of training camp, Haynesworth ended his months-long boycott of the team by meeting Wednesday morning with coach Mike Shanahan. Hardly sympathetic to the plight of a player who recently received a $21 million bonus, the coach wasn't about to let bygones by bygones.
Shanahan said Haynesworth must pass a conditioning test in order to practice. And, assuming the test is passed, the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman with the $100 million contract won't be practicing with the starting unit, at least not right away.
"I'm expecting him to be in great shape," Shanahan said. "And if he's not in great shape, then we're going to do what we need to do to get him in shape.
"Once he gets to that point, hopefully he'll fit into our system and do the things we want him to do. Because, if he does, he can be an excellent football player for us. If not, we're going to be very good anyhow."
Asked if he expected Haynesworth to be a part of the team in 2010, Shanahan would say only: "We'll see."
"All I can do is tell you we're going to give him every opportunity to show us what we can do," the coach said. "Hopefully he'll like the position that we play him in and give us everything that he's got."
Re: Haynesworth must pass fitness test to practice, will play with 2nd unit
When I read this I thought Shanny was doing a conditioning test especially for Albert or that he only did it for his team or something but I guess every team has one. They just do theirs during OTA's. DeSean and Asante skipped the last week of OTA's so they showed up a day early to camp to do their conditioning test, but they passed. LOL at Albert failing.