By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 9, 2010; 12:22 AM
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.
Haynesworth has eight tackles this season but is still looking for his first sack.
Redskins coaches have a contingency plan for everything, and though they don't share those details, they seem to have at least a couple of options to consider.
When Haynesworth missed the team's Week 2 game against Houston, Anthony Bryant played in his place. Bryant suffered a concussion the following week in practice, though, and has been active for just one of the team's four games this season.
But Bryant returned to practice this week, and Shanahan said Bryant is healthy enough to play against Green Bay.
"He's feeling better. He's had a couple of good days of practice," Shanahan said. "He's had no repercussions from his head, no dizziness or anything like that. So hopefully he's over it and ready to go.
"Is he ready to play? Yes, he is."
The Redskins could also go with just five active defensive linemen. Though Shanahan has said that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett typically prefers going with just five, the Redskins used six throughout the preseason and in their first three regular season games. Last Sunday at Philadelphia marked the first game the Redskins had just five active.
But in every game, Washington has had at least two nose tackles active. While Haynesworth could be replaced in nickel packages - Vonnie Holliday and Lorenzo Alexander are two options - it would seem they'd need at least a second lineman to line up at the nose against the Packers.