Haynesworth Released – Albert Haynesworth has been released by the New England Patriots.
Two days after he sat out most of the second half against the New York Giants, the team made the announcement.
In six games with the Patriots, Haynesworth had just three tackles and no sacks. His last play came in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Giants when left guard David Diehl blocked him to clear the way for Brandon Jacobs’ 10-yard touchdown run with 9:10 left in the third quarter.
Belichick didn’t mention Haynesworth during his regular Tuesday conference call. About 4 1/2 hours later, the team announced Haynesworth’s release. The Boston Herald first reported the news.
“Whatever we talk about as a team during the game or in meetings and all that, it’s between the players and the coaches,” Belichick said Monday.
Haynesworth, who missed two games this season with a back injury, wasn’t involved in any public troubles with New England, unlike his two-year stay in Washington.
“He’ll see how we do things around here,” Wilfork said when the trade was made. “I don’t think it will be a big problem.”
After signing a seven-year, $100 million free-agent contract with the Redskins after the 2008 season, Haynesworth feuded with new coach Mike Shanahan in 2010. He skipped offseason workouts because he didn’t want to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive alignment Shanahan was installing.
Then it took him 10 days to pass his conditioning test. He lost his starting job and played in just eight games before Shanahan suspended him for the final four because of conduct detrimental to the club.
The Patriots obtained Haynesworth on July 28 for a fifth-round draft choice in 2013.