Crash course for Haynesworth focuses on right end

Albert Haynesworth is missing practice for a fourth consecutive day as he is resting his ailing knee and not taking Mike Shanahan’s conditioning test today.

When Haynesworth will get back on the field to run the test that Shanahan designed to prove that the defensive tackle is in shape and can join practice without the fear of being injured, no one knows.

But Haynesworth has been working 1-on-1 with coaches after practices to learn some of the nuances of Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defense, the one that Haynesworth so badly wanted to bolt. According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, the side work that Haynesworth has done with Haslett and line coach Jacob Burney has been at right end. Haynesworth balked at playing the nose tackle in the scheme, and Haslett has said there is flexibility for Haynesworth to play multiple positions. Right now, it looks like he’s getting a crash course at right end where there is a little more freedom.

The Redskins signed Maake Kemoeatu in the offseason and he’s a pure nose tackle that could fit in well. He sat out all last season in Carolina with a torn Achilles tendon. Perhaps this scheme will be more to Haynesworth’s liking than he could have imagined. Perhaps he will choose to invest in the defense. But at some point you have to figure the Redskins are going to line him up at nose tackle. He’s going to have to do it Shanahan’s way, and he’s going to have to pass that conditioning test before he can get going.

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