Sources: Albert Haynesworth will report to Redskins Park on Monday
Friday, December 31, 2010; 11:45 PM
Barring unforeseen complications, the two-time Pro Bowler plans to join other players at the complex as the Redskins prepare to close another disappointing season. Although Haynesworth was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, and the Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of the nine-year veteran, he is still under contract and the suspension ends after Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants at FedEx Field.
Defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, who also serves as the team's union representative, also expects Haynesworth to show up to take his exit physical.
"It's important to show up for that and get that exit exam and get that paperwork," Holliday said Friday. "I expect if it's not Monday or Sunday, sometime during the next 72 hours, he'll be around."
Washington withheld Haynesworth's final four game checks, totaling about $847,000. In an upcoming grievance hearing, the union is expected to request that an arbitrator overturn Haynesworth's suspension and order the Redskins to pay him his entire 2010 salary.
It is unclear whether Haynesworth, if he reports to the facility as expected, will meet with Coach Mike Shanahan. In their statement announcing the suspension, the Redskins cited Haynesworth's refusal to speak with Shanahan among the reasons for initiating the disciplinary action.
"I usually don't meet with anybody, except for a few guys, for one reason or another," Shanahan said. "Maybe he'll stop by and say, 'Hello.' . . . I have not gotten a Christmas present yet. I'm waiting for it, though."
Regardless of the outcome of the grievance hearing, Haynesworth is under contract for the 2011 season with a base salary of $5.4 million (the money is not guaranteed). Shanahan still hopes to trade Haynesworth, according to people within the organization, but many in the NFL believe the team will eventually release him.
Holliday, a 13-year veteran, said he has spoken with Haynesworth during the suspension.
"He's bummed out," Holliday said. "At the end of the day, you play this game, a lot of times you don't know how important it is until you're not doing it, you're not around it."
Orakpo is 'fine'
Shanahan said outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who missed last week's victory over Jacksonville with groin and hamstring injuries, is "fine" after a week of practice and should play in Sunday's season finale.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to play," Orakpo said. "Looked good throughout the week. I'll be dressed on Sunday."
The question would be: Why? The Redskins have long since been eliminated from the playoffs. "I'm a guy that, I love football," Orakpo said. "I don't want to miss anything, regardless of the situation."
Cornerback Carlos Rogers, however, is a "long shot" to play on Sunday because of a calf injury, Shanahan said.
If quarterback Rex Grossman performs well against the Giants, he could take a huge step forward in solidifying his standing as Washington's starting quarterback entering the offseason. Grossman has one more game to shape Shanahan's opinion.
"This is an evaluation time," Shanahan said the other day at Redskins Park. "We get a chance to see what he can do. . . . It's the first time that he's running our system. We've had a chance to see him in two games and we'll have a chance to evaluate him this week against an excellent football team that's playing for a playoff spot."