Haynesworth's history of summer knee maintenance


Haynesworth's history of summer knee maintenance

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran

FOXBORO - Albert Haynesworth missed practice for the second consecutive day on Saturday, but he will not miss practice on Sunday. There is none. Haynesworth's absence, while not addressed by Bill Belichick (media was offered offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and receivers coach Chad O'Shea as featured speakers), bears watching. But it doesn't invite panic. The 30-year-old Haynesworth is in his 10th NFL season. He weighs around 330 pounds. He has, according to a Washington Post story from 2009, had injections of a joint lubricant called Synvisc in his left knee every summer dating back to his final two seasons in Tennessee.Said Haynesworth back in 2009, "It's nothing new for me," Haynesworth said. The shot, he said, "really does help. Your body produces this stuff, and it just gives me more, and it gives me more lubricant around the knee."Around this time last year, Haynesworth was dealing with a sore knee that needed an MRIThat, of course, turned into the Shanahan vs. Haynesworth Showdown Sideshow over the team's conditioning run. That situation - and Haynesworth's entire Redskins tenure - muddied the water around Haynesworth so thoroughly that now any missed practice or absence carries a whiff of dread that the same thing may be kicking up again. In all likelihood, though, the only thing that's kicking up in Haynesworth's knee and the need to take it easy on it.With the lockout eliminating offseason conditioning programs and Haynesworth persona non grata with Washington, it's exceedingly likely he didn't get a lot of maintenance work done before coming to New England. It's a pretty safe bet that he's currently in the shop.
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EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?


EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast...

0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties.

2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory.

6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play calling and decisions on 4th downs.

10:00 -  A discussion about Matt Ryan not making the throws he needed against the Patriots and if he has falling off the MVP caliber-type player he was last season.

14:00 - How and why the Patriots secondary seems to be playing better without Stephon Gilmore and why Malcolm Butler has been able to turn up his play as of late.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study


Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."