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Albert Haynesworth Deactivated for Being One Minute Late to Practice?

Albert Haynesworth was ruled inactive for Sunday’s game between the Redskins and Giants, but reports as to why have been mixed.  Orginally, the Washington Post reported that Mike Shanahan decided to deactivate Haynesworth because he missed Friday’s practice with an illness.  The Post also noted that he was healthy enough to play.

Pro Football Talk is now reporting, via Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington, that Haynesworth was one minute late for practice on Friday.  Piecing together the various reports gives us the impression that Shanahan benched Haynesworth for being late, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.

Shanahan and Haynesworth have had a sour relationship since day one, as evidenced by the entire conditioning test saga.  His teammates don’t seem to be very fond of him either and it’s been said that he’s a terrible fit for a 3-4 defensive scheme.  If Haynesworth is still in a Redskins uniform by training camp next year, there will be a lot of surprised people around the NFL.

Brett Favre Leaves Game Against Bills With Wrist Injury

Be prepared.  Brett Favre has another injury to talk about after Sunday’s game.  That can only mean one thing: he’s a real American hero.  Favre left the Vikings’ game against the Bills in the first quarter after Buffalo linebacker Arthur Moats leveled him from behind, causing the ball to go flying in the air and get picked off.

Favre reportedly suffered a shoulder injury and his return is questionable, which should have everyone who is a fan of the NFL cringing.  All that means is Old Man Brett could return to the game.  That also means he could return to the game and play well, prompting a “my body just heals so quickly I’m like a God” discussion after the game.

Tavaris Jackson has taken over for Favre at the moment, but we fully expect Brett to return to the game because he loves attention and wants everyone to think he’s a hero because he’s such a tough, gutsy Hall of Famer.

Brad Childress Found Out Randy Moss Was Trying to Get Him Fired

Well yeah, the obvious answer is all he had to do was listen to Randy Moss’ postgame press conference following the Vikings’ loss to the Patriots to know that was the case. Still, it was pretty interesting to read Brad Childress’ interview with the Pioneer Press and hear him defend himself. Keep in mind, this is the same Brad Childress we said might not ever sniff another NFL head coaching job, standing up for himself by saying the players liked him:

Childress contends he had many supporters in the locker room, citing the players who reached out to him after his firing.

Regarding Moss, Childress heard late in the process that Moss was lobbying Wilf to fire him, but he was already set on waiving Moss.

So was Chilly trying to waive Moss before or after he found out Moss was trying to get his butt fired? Probably about the same time we all learned Randy was making the coaches look bad. Childress also mentioned in his interview that he left the team in better shape than when he got there. I disagree with that contention.

The Vikings had two 9-7 seasons and an 8-8 year under Mike Tice prior to Childress’ arrival. Tice was vastly undeerqualified for the job but still had them doing much better than 3-7, which is how Chilly left things. I’ll also argue that Minnesota’s improvement had much more to do with front office moves than coaching. They drafted Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice in Childress’ second year on the job, they gave up several draft picks for Pro Bowler Jared Allen a year later, and the year after that they bought Brett Favre. Childress coincided with the collapse in Minnesota and did not leave things better than when he got there.

Rex Ryan, Jets are Furious the Patriots Think They’re a Great Team

Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots respect the Jets as an opponent and think they’re a dangerous team?  How dare they!  When Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk said the Jets are desperate for bulletin board material, he hit the nail right on the head.  I have no problem with the Jets talking trash because they tend to back it up.  However, it gets a little sad when they start trying to convince people that the other team is talking trash.

According to Rex Ryan, the Patriots’ recent praise of the Jets is disrespectful — we just don’t know it.  “I know they say we are a great team, and I see the sarcasm,” Ryan said. “Well, they are going to find out if we are a great team or not, I can tell you that much.”

First of all, it’s no secret that praising the opposition is the style in Foxboro.  It’s not some subtle way of insulting the other team.  Rather, it’s Belichick’s attempt to keep his team focused and avoid giving the opponent any additional motivation heading into the game.  Secondly, Ryan can leave it to teams like the Lions to accuse the Patriots of being sarcastic.  If your team is 2-8 and Belichick starts talking about how great you are, it’s understandable to think he’s being sarcastic (not that I think he is in those situations, either).  How can New England not respect the Jets?  Both teams are 9-2, and New York won the only head-to-head meeting this year.

The bottom line is Ryan and his squad need something to be pissed off about.  We all know they’re desperate to be despised.  They want to go into a game looking for blood and feeling disrespected — even if the opposition has done nothing to indicate they don’t respect them.  Hey, whatever works.

TGI Friday’s NFL Weekend Preview: New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

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Why Should I Watch?

Monday night’s game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots is arguably the best regular season game we’ve had this year.  Rex Ryan has already made it clear his job is to “kick Bill Belichick’s ass” and thinks his Jets are the best team in the NFL, despite what many analysts are saying.  The Jets got the best of the Pats in round one at the New Meadowlands, but New England is now without Randy Moss.  One would think the subtraction of a player like Moss would hurt the team, but that hasn’t been the case.  The Patriots are one of the NFL’s hottest teams since the swap, but the Jets could secure their place as the team to beat in the AFC with a win in Foxboro.

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Ben Roethlisberger Has a Broken Foot, Will Continue to Play

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been limited in practice this week with what was originally thought to be a sprained right foot.  It turns out the injury is a tad more serious than that.  Sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that the foot is actually broken.  Roethlisberger suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s win over the Bills.

Despite the injury, Big Ben said he “fully expects” to play against the Ravens on Sunday.  I can already hear Jon Gruden talking about how tough he is during the Monday night game if the Steelers win.  Yes, I know the Monday night game is Jets-Patriots.  It doesn’t matter.

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said the injury should not limit Roethlisberger in any way on the field, but I don’t see how that’s possible.  The reason Roethlisberger is so effective is that he can get outside the pocket and make plays on the run despite his massive stature.  Unless team doctors pump him full of drugs — or alcohol since that seems to be his thing — before the game, the injury has to limit his mobility in some way.  Pittsburgh’s offense has been less-than-stellar to begin with, so I’d probably be pretty concerned if I were a Steelers fan.

Nate Burleson Guarantees Victory for Detroit Lions over Bears

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get tired of players guaranteeing victory, especially when they don’t deliver. That goes for Neftali Feliz, Brandon Marshall, and some unknown player for Pittsburgh. We can add Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson to the list.

Apparently Burleson added a guarantee to the end of his radio show and was asked to categorize his statement on Thursday. “Did I or did I not guarantee a win? How should I answer this? This is what I said – ‘We will win on Sunday.’ That’s what I said at the end of my (radio) show. You can take it as a guarantee, Chicago can take it as a guarantee, they can take it however they want. At the end of the day, they know what our intentions are when they come in to Detroit. I’m not trying to stir up anything, but we play to win the game, we want to try to win on Sunday and we think we’ve got a chance to win.”

Well, there’s a big difference between having a chance to win and trying to win, and actually winning. Now we’re just starting to confuse intending to win with actually guaranteeing victory. That’s no foreign issue for Burleson who “guaranteed” a win over the Arizona Cardinals last year while he was with the Seahawks. The Cardinals went 10-6 and swept Seattle. With Drew Stanton starting at quarterback, I’ll firmly disagree with Burleson’s guarantee once again.