On Saturday, the Redskins will complete preparations for Sunday night's nationally televised game against the Dallas Cowboys. Haynesworth's status for the FedEx Field season finale, however, is unclear after the latest incident in one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
"If they keep this system the way it is, then they would label Albert Haynesworth a bust who didn't live up to the contract," Haynesworth said. "Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I'm still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that's put around you. And I'm not talking about the players. The players have been great. I couldn't ask for any better guys. I'm talking about the system. And [the coaches] can say whatever they want about that [the reason he was sent home Friday]. The main thing it's coming from is what I said after the game about leadership and about the team."
After an embarrassing 45-12 loss to the New York Giants on Monday, Haynesworth questioned his role and said the team lacks leadership. Haynesworth, fined $10,000 after trading blows with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs during the game, made it clear he does not believe the style Blache has asked him to play in Washington suits him.
Asked directly whether those comments contributed to Friday's incident, Zorn immediately replied, "Not at all."
"Honestly, this was just something that happened just today," Zorn said after the practice session. "I think it's not unique to me. It happens around the NFL, and I see [these things] handled all the time. And hopefully I'm handling things in the proper way."
Zorn declined to specify the nature of Haynesworth's violation, but Haynesworth reported late for a team meeting on Christmas morning, multiple team sources said. He was told not to attend practice because of his tardiness, three sources said, but he walked out to the practice field anyway.