Haynesworth Won't Play Against Ravens

Redskins Notebook

August 12, 2009|By The Washington Post

ASHBURN, Va. - -Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, a key offseason acquisition for the Washington Redskins, is scheduled to sit out the preseason opener Thursday against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

"It doesn't matter to me, I'll do whatever they need me to do, but the point is to be ready to start the season," Haynesworth, 28, said. "I'm not one of these guys who needs to get a ton of reps [in the preseason] to get ready.

"After you've been in this game awhile, you start to know your body and know what you need to do, and I feel good about where I'm at right now. You can always do better, but I think I'm picking up what we do and getting more and more comfortable with it every day. You just want to keep making progress on everything. I think it's going pretty good."

Portis, Thomas out, too

Running back Clinton Portis and right guard Randy Thomas (knee) are not expected to play against the Ravens. Portis is not limited because of an injury, but coach Jim Zorn said he probably would let him sit out the first preseason game. Thomas, who underwent knee and vertebrae surgery in the offseason, has been slowed because of knee soreness.

Guard-tackle Jeremy Bridges (ankle) was held out of team drills Tuesday because "he couldn't anchor on that ankle," Zorn said. "I want him to rest with it. I don't want to have a setback."

Bridges is expected to be a key reserve. Zorn would not rule out Bridges, who injured his ankle in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, on Thursday, but said he probably would be limited to 12 plays. "That's a bonus," Zorn said.

Second-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly figure to be on the field a lot. The plan is for Thomas, who returned to practice after missing time with a hamstring injury, to start at Z receiver, or flanker, ahead of Kelly. Top wide-out Santana Moss, the X receiver, or split end, might sit out or play sparingly.

Zorn declined to reveal his plan for the quarterbacks against the Ravens, but Jason Campbell's outing could be short, he said. Todd Collins, Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel will share time in some sort of rotation.

The Redskins are eager to see tackle Mike Williams, who has lost more than 70 pounds since signing with the team in April, get a lot of work against Baltimore.

"As much as we can get him out there," Zorn said. "He won't play the whole game. I just want to get him in the game and get a sense of full-speed play."

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