Washington Redskins are run over by New York Giants; Albert Haynesworth does not play

The Washington Redskins hopes for the playoffs evaporate as they are crushed by the New York Giants.
By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 6, 2010; 12:41 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hoping to maintain their faint playoff hopes and a sense of team pride against a New York Giants team missing five starters on offense, the Washington Redskins failed miserably from start to finish Sunday afternoon in an embarrassing 31-7 loss before 78,861 at New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Giants (8-4) rushed for 197 yards (with a 5.5-yard average) while racing to a 28-0 third-quarter lead against the poor-tackling Redskins, overwhelming their NFC East rivals while keeping pace atop the division with co-leader Philadelphia.

And as the Redskins (5-7) - who committed a season-high six turnovers and had a punt blocked in losing for the fourth time in five games - limp to the finish in their first season under Coach Mike Shanahan, they could have another major problem brewing with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.

Despite being physically sound, Haynesworth was listed as inactive for the fourth time this season. Shanahan said the two-time all-pro "was sick" last week and inactive because he did not practice well Thursday and sat out Friday.

Several people familiar with the situation, however, indicated that high-ranking Redskins officials are again fed up with what they consider Haynesworth's lack of effort. Moreover, Haynesworth, the team sources said, was late to practice last week and late to a defensive meeting.

"I was sick, so I did show up a minute late" for a practice, Haynesworth acknowledged. "I don't think that's a reason to sit out."

Although the Redskins - who have dropped five straight to the Giants - have only four games remaining, it appears unclear whether Haynesworth will complete the season on the roster, according to some in the organization.

Throughout the week before the game, many Redskins players said they faced a must-win situation against the formidable Giants, who rank among the NFL leaders in total offense, defense and sacks, and are in a two-team race for the division title. Then in every facet of the game, the Redskins displayed how much they must improve to again be considered in the same class with the Giants and Eagles.

It was another embarrassing performance for the Redskins, who no longer speak about their playoff chances.

"You play as hard as you possibly can [for the remainder of the season] to show this organization, this coaching staff, what an asset you are to this team," center Casey Rabach said. "Anybody that's not will definitely be noticed."

Apparently, Haynesworth stood out for the wrong reasons last week.

After Haynesworth arrived late to practice, Shanahan summoned him to his office before a scheduled defensive meeting, according to two team sources. The meeting with Shanahan lasted about 15 minutes. By the time Haynesworth reached the second meeting, though, he was about 20 minutes late.

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