Phillip Daniels’ emotions swelled to the point that the Washington Redskins veteran defensive lineman had to stop and gather himself as he spoke about Albert Haynesworth.
When Daniels resumed, the words were candid and stern.
“I’ve been through 15 seasons and I ain’t won (anything). So what I’m saying is if I can come out here and do this, don’t tell me that you can’t do it,” Daniels said. “I want every guy on this team to do well. I want you to realize that if you ain’t all in, you don’t need to be here.
“That’s my point. I’m tired of going through season after season where we lose games we should win, guys not doing the right thing, guys not putting the best effort in, whatever it may be. I’m tried of that, man. We deserve better.”
The Redskins have a Haynesworth headache that just won’t go away. The two-time All-Pro apparently got sick last week. He didn’t have a good practice Thursday, according to coach Mike Shanahan, then showed up late Friday and was limited because of the unspecified illness.
The NFL has fined Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain $40,000 for his helmet hit that left Steelers tight end Heath Miller with a concussion.
Despite the NFL’s stricter enforcement of potentially dangerous hits, McClain was not penalized for a hit that bent Miller’s head and neck backward during the third quarter Sunday night.
Favre may play
The Minnesota Vikings are expecting Brett Favre to play once again this weekend.
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said that Favre’s sprained shoulder is “not something that can surgically be attended to” and that he would be surprised if Favre is not able to play against the New York Giants.
Frazier said Favre’s streak of 297 consecutive starts “really doesn’t come into play” in his decision. He says he trusts Favre to be honest about his health.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has undergone surgery to repair a broken nose. Roethlisberger was injured while being sacked by Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata, whose left hand raked across the quarterback’s face during Pittsburgh’s first offensive series. Ngata was fined $15,000 for the hit. … The sinking Arizona Cardinals might turn to rookie John Skelton as the team’s third starting quarterback of the season. … St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Na’il Diggs is out for the rest of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle.