McNabb says Redskins can't win without Haynesworth

Plenty of people, including teammates, have spoken up against Albert Haynesworth.

Now, with it looking like the Washington Redskins could push the defensive lineman out the door in a trade, the ultimate admission that he was the biggest free-agent flop in the history of the NFL, Donovan McNabb has spoken up.

Specifically, the Redskins quarterback has said the team “can’t win without him.”

Good luck convincing coach Mike Shanahan, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and general manager Bruce Allen of that. Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that McNabb took to the defense of the embattled $100 million man this morning on ESPN 980 in Washington.

“He plays a major part in our defense and everbody knows that," McNabb said. “Albert is one of our brothers in the locker room. He understands, `Hey, I got to put the time and effort in.’ We can't win without him. I think he'll be here. I hope he'll be here.”

McNabb said his injured ankle is not 100 percent but confirmed that he will start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. If this trade talk gains any more momentum, there’s an awfully good chance Haynesworth will not be wearing a Redskins jersey come kickoff. But, as we learned long ago in this saga, the situation can change in a heartbeat.

The Redskins have reportedly engaged the Tennessee Titans in talks about dealing Haynesworth back to the team he left in free agency in 2009. Stay tuned.

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