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Haynesworth Reports to Camp, Meets With Shanahan


Albert Haynesworth has reported to Redskins training camp, but his status with the team remains far from certain.

Haynesworth met with head coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday morning, one day before the Redskins' first practice.

"Albert stopped by...and I had a little conversation with him," Shanahan said. "He says he is in good shape and hopefully he is in good shape."

Haynesworth will have to pass a conditioning test before he can practice with the team, Shanahan said.

"If he doesn't [pass the test], then we'll make sure he's in shape before he works out with the team."

Asked if Haynesworth appeared to be in shape, Shanahan replied: "Yes he did. He looked like he was in good shape."

Haynesworth did not participate in the Redskins' off-season workout program, electing to work out on his own with a personal trainer. He also missed all of the team's mini-camps and OTAs, including the mandatory June mini-camp.

It was reported that Haynesworth did not want to play nose tackle in the Redskins' 3-4 defense.

His agent reportedly asked for a trade.

Asked if Haynesworth would be a part of the team in 2010, Shanahan replied: "We'll see. We're going to give him every opportunity to show us what he can do. Hopefully he'll like the position that we play him in and he'll give us everything he's got."

Shanahan said he was "very pleased" with Haynesworth's mindset coming out of Wednesday's meeting.

"He's going to have to buy in and play [defense] the way we want it to be played," Shanahan said. "If he does that, then he can help us win."

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett also met with Haynesworth for about 90 minutes on Wednesday.

Haslett characterized the meeting as "good."

"He knows he's behind and we have to get him caught up," Haslett said. "I think he understands what we're looking for."

On whether Haynesworth is willing to play in a 3-4, Haslett replied: "Obviously players get into a comfort zone sometimes and he has been playing in the same scheme for a long time. This is something different, something new.

"Once he gets into it and once he sees what we're doing, he'll like it and I think he'll flourish in it because he's an athletic kid. We can put him in some spots where he can use his athleticism.

"I think he's going to be good at it, but he has got to be willing to do it."

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