While Haynesworth would be a very expensive antique sitting on the bench, Mike Shanahan has to be focused on the other 52 players on his roster.
If Haynesworth pulls another stunt or doesn't play well, he could be riding the pine pony this season.
When Mike Singletary first became head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis was having the same problem as Haynesworth.
Davis felt like he had some sort of entitlement over the rest of his teammates, which is when Singletary quickly took action. He sent Davis to the locker room early during one of their games.
In his press conference, he ranted about wanting team oriented players, saying "I'd rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
Singletary's attitude is exactly the same attitude that Shanahan has about trying to rebuild the Washington Redskins, and Haynesworth is making that process difficult for him.
If the Washington Redskins cannot gain enough compensation for Haynesworth in a trade, it would be a huge statement for them to bench Haynesworth all together.
While it may not benefit them now, it will show the entire team exactly what is expected of them.