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Haynesworth practices for third straight day

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Haynesworth practices for third straight day

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO Another day, another appearance by Albert Haynesworth.

Haynesworth, who recently entered a plea of no contest to simple assault charges stemming from a Feb. 13 incident at a D.C. hotel, was on the practice field Thursday.

It was Haynesworth's third consecutive practice -- that's more training camp practices than he had total prior to this week.

After Haynesworth was signed and subsequently didn't practice right away, questions about his health and conditioning once again became hot topics of discussion.

Entering camp out of shape was an issue in his two previous NFL stops (Tennessee and Washington).

Shortly after Haynesworth signed with the Patriots, Bill Belichick offered no concrete answers as to why the former All-Pro defensive lineman wasn't immediately practicing with the Pats.

He was once again asked about Haynesworth's health on Thursday.

And Belichick was just as, uh, revealing.

"Haynesworth missed practice because he wasn't ready to practice," Belichick said.

Oh, OK.

When asked whether Haynesworth was in shape, Belichick responded, "that's as much as I can tell you. The players that are ready to practice, practice. The ones that aren't, don't practice."

After being reminded of the issues Haynesworth had with conditioning in Washington, Belichick responded, "I can't really say what happened anywhere else with Albert. I'm sure you can get a lot of details on him from somewhere else. I can just tell you here, when players are ready to practice, they practice. When they're not ready to practice, they do what they need to do to get ready to practice, and when they're ready to get out on the field, we put them out on the field. It's the same for everybody."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.

Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor's tiebreaking score.

The Titans (3-3) also snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge.

Derrick Henry then clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.

The Titans looked like the NFL's worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota's first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.

But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.

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