Haynesworth challenge no minor deal

How do you know when the Albert Haynesworth conditioning test has officially become a fad? When a minor league baseball team makes it a promotion.

The Class A Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads of the South Atlantic League are holding a “Haynesworth Conditioning Challenge” after their game next Thursday.

Fans will get a chance to run the Washington Redskins conditioning test – two timed 300-yard back-and-forth shuttle runs – the one Haynesworth has yet to pass. Those who do it in the required time will receive two season tickets for the rest of the year. Everyone who tries it will get a free ticket to an upcoming game.

In addition, anyone named Albert or wearing a Redskins jersey gets in free to the game.

At Redskins training camp in Ashburn, Va., it was same old, same old for Haynesworth on Friday. No conditioning test and no practice for the fourth straight day, a day after a precautionary MRI showed no structural damage on his sore left knee.

Haynesworth will not be allowed to practice until he passes the test.


A day after turning 23, first-round pick C.J. Spiller arrived at Buffalo Bills training camp to sign a five-year deal that has the potential to be worth $37 million.

Spiller, a versatile running back from Clemson and the ninth selection overall, joined the Bills in suburban Rochester, N.Y., attended a team meeting and took part in the evening practice.

The ACC’s player of the year last season, Spiller finished his four-year college career with 51 touchdowns, including 32 rushing.


Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantee is now in writing.

The New York Jets coach was asked to sign his team’s logo sticker on the back of ESPN’s tour bus at training camp Thursday, a few hours after Joe Namath watched practice in Cortland, N.Y. Instead of just signing his name, the brash Ryan wrote: “Soon to be Champs.”

“That’s what I’m saying,” Ryan said Friday. “That’s our mentality, that’s our goal. And I’ve got confidence to put it up there.”


A day after Giants starting guard Rich Seubert broke a bone in his left hand in drills and was lost indefinitely, Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a groin strain running a route in drill. He’ll be evaluated today. ... Broncos outside linebacker Jarvis Moss broke a bone in his right hand in a morning workout. He will require surgery and likely miss two weeks of practice. ... Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears will miss the rest of training camp and possibly the start of the regular season with a sprained left knee. He’s expected to be out four to six weeks. ... San Francisco linebacker Scott McKillop underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a torn patellar tendon and torn anterior cruciate ligament. ... Tight end David Martin signed as a free agent and rejoined the Dolphins after missing last season with a knee injury. ... The Packers agreed to a two-year contract extension with wide receiver Donald Driver. ... Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm, a seventh-round draft pick, will get a break from practice today – courtesy of coach Raheem Morris – to watch his father, Russ Grimm, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.