Brian Orakpo: Haynesworth situation 'very distracting'

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen would hate to have a distraction taking away from his team’s preparation for Sunday’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys, so he’s denied a report that surfaced Tuesday that the franchise is actively working to trade Albert Haynesworth.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Redskins were engaged, once again, in trade talks with the Tennessee Titans, the defensive lineman’s former team.

But Rick Maese of the Washington Post tweeted Tuesay night that Allen says the team’s “stance is unchanged: They aren’t trying to trade him.”

All the way up until the point they actually do trade him.

Where there’s smoke, there is fire and in this case it’s an inferno. Haynesworth isn’t happy in Washington and neither are coach Mike Shanahan or Allen. The problem is by letting this situation run this deep, and run for this long, the Redskins are now within four days of kickoff and they’ve got what is largely a homegrown problem on their hands.

“It's very distracting, but we try not to let it get to us," linebacker Brian Orakpo told Maese.

Get that? It’s getting to other players, which is precisely what the Redskins do not need.

“We're tired of talking about it,” Orakpo said. “Albert's tired of talking about it, Shanahan's tired of talking about it. Everybody is. We want to move on to be a normal team in this league and not worry about individualism. We got a big game coming up and we can't be worrying about No. 92 right now and all this speculation.”

We’ll see if the Redskins can do something to end the speculation.

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