Haynesworth vs. Gurode

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A topic in Dallas today was center Andre Gurode facing Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for the first time since Haynesworth stomped on Gurode’s face in 2006.

Gurode needed 30 stiches and was bothered by headaches and blurred vision. Haynesworth was suspended five games.

The players spoke about the incident today (quotes from the Associated Press story).

Gurode: “That situation is behind us. It’s something that happened years ago. He doesn’t focus on it. I don’t focus on it. We just moved forward and continue to play football.”

Haynesworth, who was the Dallas conference call choice: “”If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do that. Now it was a step in my life, a crossroads. I had to choose what I was going to do. Either go down and let that define me or step up and rewrite history.”

Gurode: “”It’s good that he moved passed it. I moved passed it. He is a great player.”

The two players have talked at the Pro Bowl since the incident. Haynesworth has never shied away from discussing The Stomp, including the day he was introduced by the Redskins.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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