The drama, and the failure, continued. What won’t continue is Mike Shanahan delivering more comments on Albert Haynesworth. He’s done talking about him, until he passes a conditioning test that Shanahan called “minimal.”
Haynesworth failed once again to run two, 300-yard shuttle runs in a specified amount of time. Once more he spent at least part of practice running on a treadmill indoors then working out on the field afterward. And once more he’ll take the test before the next practice Saturday morning.
He’s not getting any sympathy from the Redskins head coach.
“Most people could do this test in their sleep,” Shanahan said. “It’s not as big as it may sound.”
Some Redskins, including DeAngelo Hall, said the test would be difficult for even those players who did work out here in the offseason.
"He'll pass the test," Shanahan said. "He's just going to have to be in a little bit better shape. I don't know when he's going to pass it. But he's going to work extremely hard ... . He was on the treadmill this morning and hopefully, in the near future, he'll be ready to practice some football."
Strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright said Haynesworth must run the first 300-yard shuttle – in 25-yard intervals – in 70 seconds or less. After a three-and-a-half minute break, he must run the second one in 73 seconds or less. Friday, he ran the first one in 71 seconds.
On Thursday, Haynesworth ran the first one in under 70 seconds. But after a 10-minute bathroom break, he had to start over. He passed the first one again, but failed the second.
"When Albert does pass the test, he'll be out on that football field going 100 mph," Shanahan said. "I just think it's the best thing for him to be in the best football shape he could possibly be in ... so when he's healthy, he can contribute to our football team.
"But I don't want to put a guy out there before he's ready, before I know he's in shape. I know it's the best thing for him. He may not know it at this time, but I guarantee you, the big linemen I've been with, the guys who are in the trenches, they still need to be in shape.”