Albert Haynesworth passed his conditioning test, blew up one play and then hit the bench. Since then, he’s been sidelined, missing 5 days of practice. Belichick says it’s only precautionary, so don’t worry. We just talkin’ bout practice:
But what ill effects of the lockout will rear their ugly heads during the next few weeks of official workouts, scrimmages and of course, preseason games? Guys have been dropping like flies, likely the result of prolonged time away from trainers and strength coaches. It begs the question: will the first month of football flat-out suck?
It’s hard to say, especially as we get ramped up for fantasy football drafts. “Research analysts” have had little time to watch rising players and rookies have taken fewer snaps, spent less time learning routes and recognizing defensive and offensive schemes. Business may not be as usual this year and some teams may surprise/disappoint.
When asked where do overall defenses stand or who are the most conditioned running backs and fastest wideouts, definitive answers are hard to come by. Are we in store for some sloppy, sloppy football or the most entertaining year yet?
I’m waxing optimistic just because I’m convinced there will be no NBA season (at least not in this country). After all, these guys are professionals. They’ve been doing it all their adult lives, so what’s one small hiccup? It’s not like Haynesworth can unlearn being 6-9 and 350 pounds or Brady forgot how to throw a perfect spiral. They’re just shaking off the rust. Don’t take too much away from the first week of practice.
Remember 2007? Randy Moss pulled a hammy the first week of practice and everyone sounded the alarms, saying Moss was over the hill and his blockbuster trade was ill-advised. He then set the record for most TD receptions in a regular season. Leave fat Albert alone. He’ll be fine.