Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was sent home from the team's practice yesterday.
Coach Jim Zorn said that he dismissed Haynesworth for disciplinary reasons. Zorn said Haynesworth will still play tomorrow night against the Cowboys, but might not start.
"All that will be kept between Albert and I," Zorn told the Washington Post. "He wasn't belligerent or nasty to me, and I wasn't nasty to him. It's just something that needed to be done."
The Post reported that two players, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Haynesworth was late for a team meeting yesterday morning. One added that coaches told Haynesworth not to go out for practice, but that he dressed anyhow.
Haynesworth and Zorn held an animated conversation for around 15 minutes while the team stretched and began practice on an adjacent field. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache briefly joined the meeting, not long before Haynesworth walked back inside the team's facility. Soon after, he drove away from Redskins Park.
The defensive tackle signed with the Redskins for a record guaranteed $41 million last winter, and his season has been marked by several controversies. He's missed three of the team's past five games with ankle injuries, was fined $10,000 after trading blows with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs Monday night, and ended the night by complaining about his role on the team's defense and the franchise's lack of a leader.
Zorn said the incident yesterday had nothing to do with Haynesworth's postgame comments.
* The Giants will play their final game at their Meadowlands stadium tomorrow against Carolina, and it will have a "playoff" atmosphere.
The Giants trail Dallas and Green Bay by a game in the wild-card race and they probably will have to win their last two games and hope either the Cowboys or Packers lose one to get to the postseason. New York owns the tiebreaker with both teams.
Defensive end Justin Tuck said winning would be everything for him.
"These fans come out in sunshine, rain, wind, and they are always there rooting us on," Tuck said. "I am excited about being able to play the last game in Giants Stadium and, hopefully, we can go out there and put on a show and let them know how much we appreciate them and the stadium and all the memories and all the players that have played here before. We want to send Giants Stadium out on a W."
"I have only been here 6 years, but I have a lot of fond memories and great wins," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "Obviously for the fans and the ownership, it's a special game for them. You think about how many great teams and great games have been played in Giants Stadium. It will be a special day for us."