StarCaps could be resolved before Haynesworth deal

Think about it for a minute. Could Albert Haynesworth be getting the last laugh with Mike Shanahan when it comes to the conditioning test the Washington Redskins coach is demanding he pass before he practices?

Haynesworth and the Redskins elected to have him rest his balky knee again this morning on Day 6 of training camp in Ashburn, Va. That means he’ll be at least a full week late to the practice field IF he can take the test tomorrow and pass.

At this point, though, the StarCaps case could be finalized before Haynesworth is back in action.

The Washington Post reports that Haynesworth did make an effort on Monday, a brief one before pulling up because of knee pain. How difficult is the test to pass? Check out this video of former defensive tackle Mike Golic, now an ESPN personality, passing the test on the campus in Bristol, Conn. Golic hasn’t played in the league for 16 years. Now, it doesn’t look like Golic actually touches the end line with each turn, but he hasn’t played in 16 years! If Haynesworth could cut it this close, he’d be in uniform and alongside his teammates.

Per the Post, some teams sources have suggested Haynesworth “may not be capabale” of passing Shanahan’s conditioning test that has been given to only one player. The coach conceded on Monday that he could consider allowing Haynesworth to practice at some point if he continues to fail the conditioning test, but he is “nowhere close” to doing that.

In the meantime, we can rewatch Golic huffing and puffing to the finish line and wonder how a player who has already pocketed $32 million from owner Daniel Snyder can’t accomplish the task.

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