Younger brother of Washington Redskins' Albert Haynesworth dies in motorcycle accident

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By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 9, 2010; 12:22 AM

The younger brother of Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was killed Thursday night in a motorcycle crash in Nashville.

Nashville police confirmed that Haynesworth's brother, Lance McCoy, 23, was traveling at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle struck a car.

McCoy was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police said witnesses reported that McCoy was going about 100 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic when he crashed into a Nissan Altima, according to reports from Nashville media outlets. No other injuries were reported.

Haynesworth was one of three boys, along with McCoy and Tyriom Edwards, raised by Linda Haynesworth in Hartsville, S.C.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Haynesworth called him Thursday night to tell him the news. Haynesworth left Ashburn for Nashville and did not practice with his teammates Friday.

"Obviously, we wish his family - giving them all our prayers and thoughts," Shanahan said Friday following practice. "I think that's the main concern right now."

Shanahan said he's not sure whether Haynesworth will return in time for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

"It's something you don't talk about. . . . Obviously, what he's going through right now is paramount," Shanahan said.

Haynesworth has appeared in three of the Redskins' four games this season and turned in his best performance in last Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Against the Eagles, he had four tackles - including one for a loss - batted down one pass and drew two holding penalties from Philadelphia offensive linemen. His playing time increased, and he played strong in nickel packages and seemed primed to take on an expanded role in the Redskins' defense moving forward.

Even Shanahan noted Haynesworth's strong play at Philadelphia.

"The more he plays like that, the more he's going to play," Shanahan said this week.

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