Even though he has lost about 30 pounds since the end of last season, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth failed a conditioning test on Thursday according to SI.com. Haynesworth is not eligible to practice with his teammates at the Redskin's training facility in Ashburn, VA until he passes the test.
Haynesworth, who has openly complained about the new 3-4 defense that new head coach Mike Shanahan is installing in Washington, did not participate in any of the team's offseason conditioning drills. He has tried to force a trade out of Washington because he does not want to play the nose tackle position.
The defensive tackle, one of the league's best interior lineman when he puts his mind into playing hard, only appeared at practice for about 20 minutes after the rest of the team hit the showers. He was seen walking amongst overturned trash cans, serving as offensive linemen, with two assistant coaches as they discussed the new defense. He did not speak to the media.
The Redskins have said Haynesworth will continue to take the test each day until he passes. The test consists of two back-to-back sprints the player must complete in the allotted time. Haynesworth is the only Redskins player who has to take the conditioning test as all of the other players attended a certain percentage of offseason workouts.
"It's a very fair test," Coach Shanahan said. "But more importantly, it keeps a guy from getting hurt. I don't want to put a guy out there that's not ready to go, and all of a sudden there's a setback for two weeks."