The Redskins have announced today that they have suspended Albert Haynesworth without pay for the rest of the season. This comes after he was inactive for Sunday's game between the Redskins and Giants after missing Friday's practice due to an "illness." Reports later came out that Haynesworth appeared to be hungover when he showed up late to the facility on Friday. There were reports today that he told Redskins GM Bruce Allen he would not longer speak to coach Mike Shanahan.
Here is Shanahan's statement regarding the matter:
"Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time. Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations. He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.
"Yesterday, when Albert was at Redskin Park, he told our General Manager Bruce Allen that he [Haynesworth] would no longer speak with me. Although suspending any player is not a decision that a head coach enters into lightly, I believe the situation has reached the point where the club clearly has no alternative."
Yes, I still wish the Titans would have traded for him because he wouldn't have acted like that here. He is going to be available this offseason. My bet is that Jeff Fisher makes a push to sign him if he is still here. A new coach probably wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot pole.