Report: Redskins could bench Haynesworth for Week 1

If Mike Shanahan really wants to set Albert Haynesworth off in a postgame fury, this sounds like the perfect plan.

The Redskins, according to a report by Jason La Canfora of, are considering de-activating the defensive lineman for the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the Dallas Cowboys. Why? Well, it would be the ultimate in-your-face for Haynesworth, who boycotted the entire offseason program, including mandatory minicamp. Will it come to pass? Who knows.

The report also indicates that Haynesworth will see a “considerable workload” in the team’s preseason finale at Arizona on Thursday when most of the regulars will be used sparingly or rested. That could make Haynesworth the second-most upset man at University of Phoenix Stadium behind only, you know, Matt Leinart.

It doesn’t make sense to us for Shanahan to provoke Haynesworth at this point. If he’s following the rules now and he’s in shape, he makes the Redskins a better defense. Granted, he’s not going to be worth the ridiculous contract he received, but he can still help Shanahan.

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