Albert Haynesworth wasn't ready to practice with the Washington Redskins - at least according to coach Mike Shanahan. Tim Tebow will be ready to go when Denver Broncos camp opens.
Terrell Owens arrived at his new football home a bit late, but nobody seemed to mind.
Haynesworth, the Redskins’ star defensive tackle, has been at odds with the team’s new coaching staff because of his role in the defense.
In the latest test of wills between Haynesworth and Shanahan, the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was kept off the field for the opening session of Redskins training camp Thursday after failing a conditioning test.
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“The bottom line,” Shanahan said, “is we’re going to get him in shape.”
Haynesworth’s only appearance came after the practice was over, when he spent about 20 minutes walking through some plays with two assistant coaches. Looking perhaps 30 pounds leaner than he did a year ago, Haynesworth hovered around large upside-down trash bins – representing offensive linemen – as he learned the defense’s terminology. He didn’t speak to reporters.
Shanahan said Haynesworth will take the fitness test once a day until he passes.
Haynesworth boycotted the team’s offseason workouts and minicamps because he is unhappy with the Redskins’ switch to a 3-4 defense and wanted a trade.
In Englewood, Colo., Tebow missed the first three workouts for rookies and selected veterans while his agent and Denver’s general manager hammered out a deal thought to be worth about $11 million over five years with more than $8 million of that guaranteed.
Tebow, the former Florida quarterback who was taken 25th overall, is expected to practice this morning. Full-squad training camp begins in earnest Sunday.
Owens missed an overnight flight that would have brought him to Bengals camp at Georgetown Ky., early Thursday. Instead, he got a later flight, rolled in less than an hour before evening practice and decided to suit up.
That’s what a few thousand fans came to see.
He and buddy Chad Ochocinco were the last two to emerge from the locker room. Owens was wearing his customary No. 81 when he emerged in a white practice jersey.
YOUNG OFF HOOK
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he won’t suspend Titans quarterback Vince Young over a tussle at a Dallas strip club in June.
Goodell said he saw no reason for any disciplinary action over the incident after meeting with Young earlier this week. Young was given a misdemeanor assault citation after the fight.
Authorities say the roof of the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium in Glendale has been slightly damaged by a Thursday thunderstorm packing high winds. ... The Steelers reached agreement with former Cowboys Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams on a two-year contract. ... Miami agreed to terms with first-round draft choice Jared Odrick and second-round pick Koa Misi. Odrick, a defensive end, agreed to a five-year deal worth $7.13 million guaranteed. ... Safety Darren Sharper, linebacker Clint Ingram and receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem will start training camp on the Saints’ physically unable to perform list. ... Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay is out indefinitely after injuring his right shoulderThursday. ... The Eagles and first-round pick Brandon Graham agreed on a five-year contract. ... Jets rookie running back Joe McKnight failed his conditioning run and was placed on the active non-football injury list.