Patriots release Albert Haynesworth


Patriots release Albert Haynesworth

The Patriots' experiment with Albert Haynesworth came to a not-surprising conclusion Tuesday, as the Pats placed the talented but troubled defensive tackle in waivers.

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New England shocked the football world soon after training camp opened by sending a 2013 fifth-round draft choice to the no-doubt-delighted Redskins for Haynesworth, who had been an underperforming headache in Washington since his 2009 arrival as a free agent. Haynesworth even agreed to a team-friendly contract with the Pats, saving them the burden of having to pay off the remainder of his seven-year, 100 million Redskin deal.

Had he been able to perform at anything close to the monster level of play he demonstrated during the early part of his career in Tennessee, Haynesworth would have been another New England bargain. But he could barely get on the field with the Patriots.

A back injury sidelined him for most of the preseason, limiting him to a sliver of action in the exhibition finale. When the regular season began, he played a bit in the opener against Miami -- 30 snaps, according to various reports -- and then it went downhill. He was inactive for games 3 and 4 (Buffalo and Oakland, respectively) because of injuries, and played hardly at all in the next four. He was on the field for only seven plays against the Giants last Sunday, and was manhandled by New York guards Chris Snee and David Diehl when he did get to play.

In addition, the dark side of Haynesworth allegedly reared its ugly head Sunday when he reportedly was involved in a shouting match with defensive-line coach Pepper Johnson after he was leveled by Diehl on Brandon Jacobs' 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Coincidentally or not, Haynesworth never got back on the field after that play.

The recent returns of defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick, Kyle Love and Ron Brace also may have made Haynesworth expendable.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.