Patriots dump Haynesworth

On Monday, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick simply said that Albert Haynesworth was out of the rotation when asked why he did not go back into the game following a blown assignment in a loss to the New York Giants.

On Tuesday, Haynesworth was out of the organization altogether, as the Patriots released him, per ESPN.com.

A verbal altercation with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson apparently played a signficant role in Haynesworth's release. The Patriots acquired Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins once the lockout ended after he had worn out his welcome with Mike Shanahan, who arrived a year after Haynesworth got a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Skins.

Haynesworth will have to pass through the waiver process to see if any team would claim him. A couple of possibilities could be the Tennessee Titans, where Haynesworth enjoyed his most productive seasons, or the Philadelphia Eagles, where his former defensive line coach Jim Washburn now serves as d-line coach.

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