Notes: Albert Haynesworth practices with Patriots
|07.31.11 at 12:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After passing his conditioning test, newly acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth hit the field with the Patriots in Sunday morning’s walkthrough. Judging by the sluggish pace of the very light practice, it’s probably safe to say the conditioning test was probably more telling/interesting than anything on the field Sunday morning. With the team working in shorts, Haynesworth worked with his fellow defensive linemen in the session. The first real look at him in action, so to speak, will come in Sunday afternoon’s session, which promises to be faster-paced. Here are a few other notes from the morning:
• Haynesworth was in his familiar No. 92 uniform. He has worn the number since his days as a Tennessee Volunteer.
• Not spotted participating in practice were Kyle Arrington, Shane Vereen, Brandon McGowan, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Eric Kettani, Marcus Cannon, Logan Mankins, Nate Solder and Steve Williams. While the likes of Solder, Dowling and Vereen simply have yet to ink their rookie contracts, others cannot yet practice due to their new contracts technically keeping them out presumably until Aug. 4. Mankins, who signed his franchise tender this week was in attendance, as he watched the practice but did not take part in anything.
• Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio said before the session that the Patriots are encouraged by where things stand with Cannon, an offensive lineman dealing with non-Hodgkins lymphoma whom the Pats drafted in the fifth round in April. Cannon is signed, though he has yet to practice with the team. “I think he’s still kind of going through his process,” Caserio said. “He looks great. He’s done everything that he’s been asked to do to this point. I think we’re all optimistic. I don’t think were going to rush into anything, and I think we’re going to let that timetable sort of run its course. He’s here. He’ll be here. I think there’s a few more steps for him along the way that he’s going to take care of, but Marcus has been great. He’s doing great, he’s in good spirits, so we’re optimistic.
“The most important thing is for him to be healthy, and that’s of the utmost importance. Whenever we get to that point when he’s ready to go, we’ll begin working with him, but it’s good to have him here. It’s good for him to be around the team. It’s good for us to be around him here a little bit. He’s moving in the right direction, and certainly things look promising to this point, but you don’t want to jump ahead too far.”
• The session was moved back half an hour due to team meetings running a little long, causing it to run from around 10:30 to 11:30 rather than the scheduled 10 a.m. start. It shouldn’t impact the start time of the afternoon session, which is set to run from 2:30-5 p.m.
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