Albert Haynesworth: The Tribulation Continues In Washington After Week 2

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2010

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It seemed Albert Haynesworth had quieted down recently, after his failure to appear physically fit for Redskins training camp some three weeks ago. 

But like any other NFL diva, Albert Haynesworth once again finds himself under the media spotlight, and yes, you guessed it, for all the wrong reasons yet again.

For those fans who aren't quite clear on what Haynesworth is unhappy about just yet, let me speed you up to date. 

Following the Redskins' Week 2 clash against the Baltimore Ravens earlier today, that saw Washington go on to lose in a rather disappointing 23-3 manner, Albert Haynesworth decided to take a stab at newly appointed head coach Mike Shanahan, and display his frustration with the coach's decisions in the game.

Upon watching the match up, some obvious things stood out, besides the large scoreline.  Normally, when the first quarter is finished, we see the majority of starting players trot off the field and call at a day.

However, for Albert Haynesworth, he found himself still on the playing field in the third quarter, much to his indiscretion and disbelief.

But before we go ahead and say that this was rather a "spur of the moment" problem, Haynesworth's controversial ways have been snowballing right from the beginning of Tuesday morning last week.

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When Haynesworth failed to show up for team training on both Tuesday and Wednesday, some frustration was shown by most of the team. 

Here was a guy that finally passed the fitness test, and somehow still felt it necessary to take two days off.

Of course, the alleged legitimate reason for all of this was that Haynesworth was suffering from dehydration, as Shanahan would go on to state later on in the week.

Still, like everything that Haynesworth is involved with, the problem didn't stop there, and now we find ourselves looking at a very disgruntled player who feels he has been hard done by from his coaching staff.

So are Haynesworth's complaints justified?

I mean, after all, this guy has missed numerous Washington activities over the past two years, and surely playing an extra two preseason quarters couldn't totally hurt him, right?

Well, that's what we all think anyway, even though Haynesworth himself would have you believe differently.

If we quickly go back to Haynesworth's off time last week, perhaps we get a small glimpse into how this problem came about, and why we are facing yet another tough task in the Haynesworth saga.

When Haynesworth was asked of his time off, this is what he had to say:

"You'll have to ask them, but I guess they'll tell you 'headaches' again," said Haynesworth, choosing to use air quotation marks. "It was part of it, but it wasn't all of it. They left out a whole lot of stuff."

For the most part, it seems like there is an underlying issue here.  Whether or not Mike Shanahan is to blame is, of course, questionable, but off-field drama certainly isn't what this team needed heading toward what everyone hopes to be a promising September campaign.

And what would the team have to gain out of this whole dilemma at this point in time?

"I don't know. I guess make yourself look good, I don't know. Make me look bad for not going to their offseason conditioning program," Haynesworth went on to say. "But, I mean, next year I'm not coming, either. I'll be on my trainer again, and I'll get back in the same shape I'm in, and feel good about myself."

Those fans out there that have been following this story, I suggest that this is no news to you. Haynesworth has attempted to "boycott" the Redskins from the very get go, as he simply didn't agree with the transition to the 3-4 defense.

At the end of it all, this problem isn't going away, and in sport, we all know that locker-room arguments can truly affect the outcome of play in the regular season.

Hopefully, Haynesworth cools his jets a little, but it isn't likely.  He felt truly annoyed about being played with a bunch of bench players today against Baltimore, and we all know that Mike Shanahan wouldn't like the big man when he is angry.

As much as Haynesworth is to blame, the finger could be pointed toward Mike Shanahan.  Why did he play Haynesworth in the third quarter?  It surely wasn't necessary.

For now, the Redskins have a problem on their hands and it isn't going away.  This is only another chapter in the Albert Haynesworth saga, and realistically, it is one that could stem to become quite an issue for the entire Washington Redskins organization.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

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