Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed reports that Haynesworth had failed his pre-camp conditioning test, so he will sit out until he can pass. His next shot will come Friday. (Update: Haynesworth reportedly failed his conditioning test for a second time Friday. He will not begin working out with the Redskins until at least Saturday).
"We don't want to put a guy out there that's not ready to go, then something happens and he's out two weeks," Shanahan told reporters. Haynesworth did work out briefly with new Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett once practice had wrapped. He then hurried to the locker room, offering only a "no comment" on his status.
The conditioning test consisted of three 300-yard sprints. Haynesworth took a bathroom break between the second and third sprint, a respite Shanahan deemed too long, and failed. Haynesworth reportedly told Shanahan that he'd never been required to run three similar sprints in previous conditioning tests -- and Haynesworth's teammate DeAngelo Hall admitted Thursday that the drill was a particularly difficult one.
But when asked if his test was too tough for a guy of Haynesworth's size, Shanahan replied, "Well, I'll say this ... All of our other linemen passed the test."
Haynesworth is expected to hold down the nose tackle position in Washington's 3-4 set, though Shanahan has said that he may shift Haynesworth outside at times. With the lineman absent Thursday, the Redskins lined up with a front of Adam Carriker, Maake Kemoeatu and Kedric Golston -- with Kemoeatu at nose tackle -- to start the team's offense vs. defense drills at the end of practice. Howard Green and Anthony Bryant also saw time on the interior of the defensive line.
"I'm not aware of what went on with Albert," Golston said. "I didn't even notice he wasn't out here until halfway through practice."
"He'll join us later, we'll go with the flow right now," said Kemoeatu, brought over to Washington in the offseason after an injury cost him all of 2009. "The pieces are still fine, still good. When he comes back, there will just be another addition to our defense."
Kemoeatu's presence on Thursday's first-team defense highlights the Redskins' D-line drop-off without Haynesworth. Neither Kemoeatu nor Bryant played a single snap last season, while Green hasn't recorded a sack since 2008. Golston could slide to the interior if Haynesworth eventually lines up outside, but no one on Washington's roster is capable of replacing the physical presence Haynesworth brings to the table.
"I'm just glad he's back out with us," offensive lineman Derrick Dockery said. "He's a great competitor, a great player. I'm just glad he's on my team. Whatever has to do to get ready, I know from that first game, he'll be ready."
What he has to do, first and foremost, is pass Shanahan's rigorous conditioning test. If it doesn't happen Friday, Haynesworth will get another shot Saturday, then Sunday, and so on until he completes the task.
"Will he make it [Friday]? I can't tell you that," Shanahan said. "When he does come back, he's going to be in shape."