Biggs: Haynesworth expected back today
It’s hard to say if he will make much of a difference against the league’s top-ranked offense, but defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is expected to return today after missing the last two weeks with a left ankle sprain.
The Redskins (3-8) enter the contest against the unbeaten Saints (11-0) with a chance to play spoiler and little else. Washington has played New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees tough in recent years, and it catches the Saints coming off a huge victory Monday night over New England.
But could they legitimately challenge the Saints? Probably not. The Redskins simply don’t score enough points to get into even a mild shootout with Brees and Co., and Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams surely has ample motivation in his return to D.C.
However, the Redskins have played playoff-caliber defense for much of the season. Greg Blache has done a fine job molding that side of the ball, and rookie first-round pick Brian Orakpo looks like an emerging star, the kind of pass-rushing force the team has been without for quite some time.
Haynesworth is the jewel in the middle of that defense, one that has been pounded by Philadelphia and Dallas the last two weeks.
“I don't think I have to do more coming back,” Haynesworth said. “I just gotta do my job. When I'm in there, people know I'm in there.”
Everybody has to do a little more to have a chance vs. the Saints.
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