Albert Haynesworth missed practice with the Patriots just a day after they picked him up. Of course, with Haynesworth, that means that he could have failed the team’s conditioning test.
Bill Belichick kind of dodged a question on Boston radio about how Albert had done on the test:
“There are things we still need to do with Albert for him to be able to get on the practice field, and when those things are done, he’ll be out there.”
For me, that’s Bill-speak for, “Of course he didn’t pass it.”
Osi Umenyiora showed up to the Giants facilities and decided not to hold out. As much as I think Osi is telling the truth when he says that the Giants broke promises they made to him, I don’t think it would be wise for him to incur fines everyday just to try to prove a point he’s already made. The owners are greedy–we get it.
Frank Gore is still holding out with the San Francisco 49ers in a move that makes me wonder f he even realizes what team he plays for. The front office of the 49ers is not that savvy, so they aren’t really going to care how important you are. They still think Alex Smith is the answer–so that makes Gore kind of unimportant to them. He’ll likely flinch first.
Finally, Marion Barber took his downhill running style that looks angrier than a rattlesnake on PCP (to quote Michael Westen) to the Chicago Bears. For my money, it’s a really good fit that allows the team to lean on the running game and not push Jay Cutler too hard. Cutler may have the arm, etc, but he does not have the discipline to be a great passer, so, sticking with running is a very good move for the Bears.
Monday will likely bring more drama, and we’ll be right here to see what happens.