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Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault

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Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

According to NBC 7 in Washington D.C., Albert Haynesworth pleaded "no contest" to simple assault for an incident that occurred at the Washington, D.C. W Hotel earlier this year.

As part of the plea agreement, Haynesworth has been ordered to serve 160 hours of community service. If he completes the community service and stays out of trouble for 18 months, prosecutors have agreed to drop the charges against Haynesworth.

Haynesworth has also agreed to an alcohol abuse assessment and psychological assessment as part of the plea deal, according to the Washington Post.

Haynesworth was in court Monday before the beginning of his originally-scheduled trial, which was set to start Tuesday at the District of Columbia Superior Court. If he had been convicted of the misdemeanor sex abuse charge for allegedly fondling a W Hotel waitress, he could have served a maximum of six months in prison.

The unidentified waitress says that Haynesworth fondled her breast while slipping his a credit card into her bra to pay for his tab during a Feb. 13 party.

Haynesworth twice said "Go Patriots" as he entered D.C. Superior Court on Monday. Here's video of his arrival.

ESPN is reporting that Roger Goodell will not pursue further disciplinary action against Haynesworth.

Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

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Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

FOXBORO -- They say you can't live in the past. But for the Falcons, that may be easier said than done this week. 

“Well, for sure we’ve talked about it," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said of Super Bowl LI. "The biggest thing we’ve said was you don’t get to go replay games. You don’t get to go replay the Super Bowl. We lost last week and we don’t get to go replay the Miami game. One of the sayings we have is, 'The only fight that matters is the one you’re in.' 

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"That is where our focus is, and even deeper than that, our focus is for us to play at our best. We’re not there yet. That is what we’re out chasing. We don’t want to go into the rematch world because we learned our lessons and you don’t get to apply them until you’re back in them again. If we keep looking back in the rear view, we’re not going to be where we want to be."

The reality is, though, Super Bowl LI and New England's 25-point comeback win is going to be part of Atlanta's preparations this week.

Both Bill Belichick and Dan Quinn have said at different points that they'll look at that game because the personnel on both sides is so similar. Though the teams aren't constructed exactly the same, and though the Falcons are operating under a new offensive coordinator, last season's finale still has value . . . as difficult as it may be for some to re-live it.

“It’s a big part [of the preparations], and here’s why," Quinn said. "When you face a team for a second time in less than a year, it’s almost like, I am not going to call it a division game, but you have more familiarity than when you don’t. You go back to look how they featured the players in their roles last year and go back to look at some of the roles for this year.

"The players also have some familiarity with one another. 'How to a guard this guy? I have to make sure my leverage is right when I tackle this player. When I am in press coverage this release worked, this one wasn’t as effective.' There’s definitely familiarity. We definitely looked back at that game, but also the games from this year, too. That is pretty normal operating procedure when we’re playing a team. We may go back a year or even two years if the coaching staff is the same to see if there’s some philosophical scheme and plays that they are really comfortable with."