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Albert Haynesworth Is Worth $100,000,000 Or Is He?

Since when is $100,000,000 not enough money to show up and give your best effort at your job? That seems to be what most people are thinking about Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

When Haynesworth signed his contract to join the Redskins, he became the highest paid defensive player in the National Football League. He was drafted in 2002 from Tennessee. He has been in the league for nine years, now starting his second year with Washington.

Washington has a new head coach, Mike Shanahan. He has been known to have high expectations for all of his players. From the start, Shanahan has been highly critical of Haynesworth and the decisions he has chosen to make. After accepting a $21,000.000 bonus on April 1st, Haynesworth's decisions have not put him in the best light with Shanahan or the media.

After Finally Showing up to training camp, Haynesworth's performance has been less than stellar. He failed his conditioning test numerous times, complaining of a sore knee, and just feeling "sick." After finally passing the test he continued to sit out of practice with some of the same complaints.

On Sunday, Haynesworth was diagnosed with a condition called Rhabdomyolysis. This condition is a breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle contents into the bloodstream. Symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and swelling of the muscles. It can cause kidney and liver damage if not treated.

Shanahan was quoted as saying, "One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert Haynesworth has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing. That will not happen under this regime." He also stated that he was not aware of his condition of Rhabdomyolysis.

It seems as though Haynesworth does not want to take responsibility for his own actions. He was the one who chose not to attend mandatory Redskins activities. He came into camp out of shape, not ready to practice. Maybe Haynesworth is angling for a possible trade so he won't have to play in a 3-4 defense. Who knows! With the regular season rapidly approaching, the problems between Haynesworth and Shanahan need to be solved.

As for Haynesworth's playing time, it remains to be seen. Shanahan says, " we're going to evaluate him in practice. Hopefully he doesn't miss any. He won't play if he doesn't practice, and that to me says it all."

April 1 - Accepted $21,000,000 bonus

May 17 - Skipped OTA activities

June 16 - Skipped mandatory mini camp

July 29 - Failed first conditioning test

Aug 7 - Passed Test

Aug (17-19) - Sat out practice feeling "sick"

Aug 22 - Diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis

~ MRM