- Despite practicing without limitation both Thursday and Friday, Albert Haynesworth was inactive yesterday against the Colts. (Photo: Jay Westcott)
The Redskins on Sunday were without Albert Haynesworth for a second straight game as Mike Shanahan decided to place him on the inactive list despite the fact that the lineman -- after missing six straight days while mourning the loss of his brother -- had practiced on both Thursday and Friday and wanted to play against the Colts.
Haynesworth -- who in his last game (Oct. 3 against Philadelphia) played a season-high 30 snaps with four tackles and a QB hurry -- had been listed as a game-time decision. He was seen walking around in street clothes in the hallway outside the locker room roughly 2-½ hours before kickoff. A little more than an hour later, the Redskins announced that he was inactive for the game.
When asked following the loss about Haynesworth’s inactivity, Shanahan simply said, “I just thought six or seven days without working out and coming in after the game plan had already been implemented, it was just a combination of both of those things.”
The Redskins struggled to pressure Peyton Manning in their 27-24 loss, and Haynesworth’s defensive teammates were left wondering if they would have been better off with him on the field even though he had missed last Wednesday’s practice, when most of the game plan is installed.
“Oh, yeah,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said when asked if Haynesworth could‘ve helped against the Colts. “He would’ve played a lot. He would’ve been in the Vonnie Holliday/Jeremy Jarmon [role], wreaking havoc. [Indianapolis' guards] are really pretty under-sized guys, so he probably would’ve blown them off the line."
Middle linebacker London Fletcher passed on giving his opinion, saying "it doesn't matter what I think," and then added that it was Shanahan's decision.
When asked if it was a disappointment when the players learned Haynesworth wasn’t going to play, Alexander replied, “Of course. You want your best players out there. He’s one of our best players, he’s been playing well, and you just want to try to build off of that momentum he had against Philly. Then he had his personal issues. I really don’t know what’s going on with that situation. I just hope it gets put to bed soon, he gets playing and we can stop talking about Albert.”
Said linebacker Andre Carter, “It’s unfortunate. We know that he missed Wednesday’s practice and with good reason. But whoever’s in there, you just have to go up and play. That’s the business, it’s the NFL. We hope that he can contribute this week coming up against Chicago.”