It’s at least a minor upset.
Albert Haynesworth made it through the regular-season opener – and the postgame scene -- with the Washington Redskins without a major disturbance.
Haynesworth could not have been happy with his role as a bit player in the upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, but he wasn’t complaining afterward.
The big question for him, though, was how he felt about the prospect of being traded. Rumors swirled a week ago at this time that the Redskins were working to trade the defensive lineman to the Tennessee Titans.
“It's not my decision,” Haynesworth said, according to Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post. “I'm just a player.”
Per the report, Haynesworth got 16 snaps, mostly at nose tackle, the position he was so opposed to playing during the offseason.
“I played OK,” Haynesworth said. “I made a few tackles and did what I was supposed to do.”
The evaluation that matters most was favorable for Haynesworth today. Coach Mike Shanahan was positive when asked by reporters about the $100 million man.
“(He) played hard,” Shanahan said. “He's getting more comfortable with the 3-4 scheme.”
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