Haynesworth's knee checks out fine, still must pass test

Sooner or later, Albert Haynesworth is going to have to give Mike Shanahan’s conditioning test another attempt. And eventually, he’s going to have to pass it.

An MRI on his balky knee on Thursday revealed no structural damage, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. That means Haynesworth is simply dealing with a little ouchy and maybe some swelling, nothing a man paid $32 million already should not be able to push through, right?

Haynesworth has missed 13 practices already and it’s unknown if he’s going to try the test this morning. Shanahan said on Thursday that he didn’t know when the next test would be.

“We'll just wait and see," he said. "That's why he gets treatment. He was out there doing individual work today and was a lot further ahead today than I thought he would be. So today it surprised me how well he did during the drill work so we'll just wait and see."

So the beat goes on at Redskins Park. Meanwhile, former Redskins running back John Riggins, an outspoken critic of the organization in recent years, might have a new target to pick on. Riggins has had an ongoing feud with Clinton Portis and there has been plenty of back-and-forth with them. Now, Haynesworth is in his sights, at least for the time being. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post picked up on an interview Riggins did on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio show earlier in the week.

“The truth of the matter is you don't even have to worry about what he did or didn't do in the offseason," Riggins said. “Look at what he did during the season last year, focus on that. Do you really think that that was [32] million dollars worth of performance out there? I would say no.

“This guy plays when he wants to play, and he takes plays off when you need him out on the field. I've never been around a coach that thinks for a second that that's the kind of player that's going to help you win a championship. So my advice, not that anybody's asking it, is to fire the guy. Get him the hell out of camp. The guy's an infection. Why do you want him down in the locker room?”

Stay tuned.

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