The Redskins Insider: Haynesworth scheduled to return to Redskins Thursday

By Jason Reid
Wednesday, October 13, 2010; 4:16 PM

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who left the team last week after the death of his younger brother, is expected to rejoin the Redskins Thursday, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Haynesworth did not play in the Week 5 victory against Green Bay after traveling to Nashville, Tenn., early Friday morning to tend to family matters following the death of his brother, Lance McCoy, 23, in a motorcycle accident. Haynesworth then traveled to his hometown of Hartsville, S.C., to bury his brother Tuesday.

The Redskins expect Haynesworth to arrive in Ashburn Wednesday night, the team sources said. However, it is unclear whether Haynesworth will participate in practice Thursday. One of the sources said Haynesworth's status is unknown for the Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field.

Haynesworth had his best performance of the season in the Week 4 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a disruptive force early in the 17-12 win at Lincoln Financial Field.

Teammates are eager to welcome back Haynesworth -- but only when he feels the time is right.

"You just send out your thoughts and prayers to him and try to support him," said cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who is among Haynesworth's closest friends on the team. "When you have a tragedy like this, you just want him to take the time he needs for his family. That's the most important thing right now."

Quarterback Donovan McNabb agreed.

"I talked to him via text, and it's a tough situation," McNabb said. "Anyone who's lost a family member, that's kind of hard to just walk away from and think everything's going to be okay. We're all behind him 100 percent, and I'm sure he'll be back when the time comes."

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