Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point Tuesday when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended by the Washington Redskins coach without pay for the rest of the season.
Citing a litany of acts that essentially add up to season-long insubordination, the Redskins suspended Haynesworth for “conduct detrimental to the club” and told him he’s not welcome for the team’s final four games – and making it extremely unlikely he will play for the club again.
“Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time,” Shanahan said in statement released by the team. “Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations. He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.”
Broncos take share of responsibility
The Denver Broncos fired Josh McDaniels but they’re not going to throw him under the bus.
Speaking on behalf of team owner Pat Bowlen, chief operating officer Joe Ellis said the organization was at fault for giving McDaniels too much power at too young an age with so little experience.
“I think the responsibilities that he was burdened with, it’s fair to say that we probably burdened him with too much of that and we were unfair to him in that respect,” Ellis said.
Sterger wants Favre investigation finished
A spokesman for the former Jets game hostess who allegedly received inappropriate messages and photos from Brett Favre said he is concerned that Favre will be retired before the NFL concludes its investigation.
Jennifer Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, said his client wants the investigation finished during the season because Favre has said he will retire at the end of this year, at which point he may no longer be susceptible to punishment from the league.
Around the league
On his regular KNBR radio show, San Francisco coach Mike Singletary announced Alex Smith will be the team’s starting quarterback Sunday when the 49ers (4-8) face a key game at home against NFC West rival Seattle. … The Arizona Cardinals placed quarterback Max Hall on injured reserve and signed former Washington Redskins third-stringer Richard Bartel.