Kevin Barnes Tied to Goal Post

Michael KatzContributor IAugust 18, 2009

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 1:  Kevin Barnes #25, the Washington Redskins thrid round draft pick, runs through drills during minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Redskins Park in Ashurn, Virginia.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Jim Zorn says the Washington Redskins don't haze. Okay, coach. Just one thing: Kevin Barnes (and the accompanying photographic evidence) could attest to conflicting practices in Ashburn, Va.

Monday, Matt Terl of Redskins Blog caught up with Barnes—while the rookie defensive back was taped to a goal post at the Skins practice facility. Resigned to his post, Barnes was surprisingly upbeat:

"It [Practice] was pretty good today," he said. "With that extra morning off, felt like everybody was a little more fresh on defense. Personally, this is the best I've felt in two weeks."

Barnes has always been a glass is half full guy, working hard to prepare for the NFL draft after a bizarrely disastrous shoulder injury.

And he's no dummy either. Barnes said he was tempted to rip through the tape and free himself from the goal post, but he knew the consequences would be dire.

Barnes shrugged when I asked him about Zorn's supposed no-hazing policy. "He told [ESPN's Chris Mortensen] that he could let us go if he wanted to, but we told Mort that if he let us loose, we might get this for the next month straight."

Solid logic from the man who posted a 41 on the Wonderlic test at the draft combine.

Barnes said the worst part was getting Gatorade in his dreadlocks. If he can get through camp he can stop worrying about sports drinks spilling on his head, and get back to making opponents lose their Lemon-Lime on the field (1:02 mark).