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Patriots release DL Haynesworth

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Associated Press
November 9, 2011
— The New England Patriots took just half a season to decide they didn’t need Albert Haynesworth.

Two days after he sat out most of the second half against the New York Giants, the Patriots released the defensive lineman they obtained after his rocky two-year stay with the Washington Redskins.


In six games with the Patriots, Haynesworth had just six tackles and no sacks.


Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t mention Haynesworth during his regular Tuesday conference call. About 4˝ hours later, the team announced Haynesworth’s release.


The Patriots (5-3) have been ranked last in the NFL in defense most of the season.


Haynesworth wasn’t involved in any public troubles with New England, unlike his two-year stay in Washington.


After signing a seven-year, $100 million free-agent contract with the Redskins after the 2008 season, Haynesworth feuded with new coach Mike Shanahan in 2010. He skipped offseason workouts because he didn’t want to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive alignment.


He lost his starting job and played in just eight games before Shanahan suspended him for the final four because of detrimental conduct.


The Patriots obtained Haynesworth on July 28 for a fifth-round draft choice in 2013.



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