- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

After getting off to a monster start during his first training camp with the Washington Redskins, Albert Haynesworth was held out of Monday’s abbreviated practice a day after an injection in his left knee.

Neither the All-Pro defensive tackle nor coach Jim Zorn said the knee is anything to worry about long-term.

“He started out very well, and he’s continuing to show he’s going to be a force definitely on our team and in this league,” Zorn said. “I’m absolutely pleased with where he’s at right now. We’re just trying to keep his knee, which is sore from all the work we’re doing, and make sure we don’t have to shut him down completely for more than a day or two.”

Haynesworth, who had injections at the start of camp the past two summers while with the Tennessee Titans, said he hopes to be in drills when the Redskins return to full pads Tuesday morning since “I need all the work I can get.”

“You do it at the beginning of the season and it’s fine,” Haynesworth said of the injection. “It wasn’t a problem [after that] last year. Heck, last year, I [had] injections in the back. I’m not doing that stuff right now, so I’m all right. … It’s just a little fluid in there. It’s not serious. If I really had to, I could play today.”

Haynesworth said his current knee ailment isn’t related to the one that kept him out of the Titans’ final two regular-season games in 2008.

“[This series of injections] gets you through two-a-days basically,” Zorn said. “It doesn’t stay in there forever. It helps cushion your knee if you have any abrasions or any grinding going on. During the season, the battle is on Sunday, but we’re not hitting completely during the week. Now we’re hitting every day.”

Backup defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery rested his sore knee for a second straight day but also expects to return Tuesday.

Starting cornerback Carlos Rogers, who missed a second straight day with a strained left calf, figured he’ll be back Wednesday. Rogers, who is in his contract year, added that the coaches are being cautious with him after Shawn Springs missed time last summer and last season’s opener with a calf injury.

Rogers said he felt the calf tighten Saturday and stopped warming up Sunday when he felt it tighten even more.

“I’m all right, a little sore, a little pull in it,” Rogers said. “Just gotta take a few days and make sure it’s healed. I don’t want be out weeks like Shawn was last year. It was hurting when I walked, and now it’s not hurting when I walk. Not tomorrow, probably the day after I’ll get out and start running around.”

The news wasn’t nearly as good for receiver Roydell Williams, who had a plate inserted into his fractured left pinkie Monday. Zorn said Williams will be out at least a couple of weeks.

Cooley pleased with offense

Washington’s offense has looked overmatched by its defense so far, but Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley said his unit is well ahead of where it was at this time last year.

“You have to compare to where we’ve been,” he said. “What we’ve installed in the first three or four meetings is three or four times as much as we did last year. … We have 90 percent of the offense in. It’s just a matter of fine-tuning it, correcting it. We know the plays, and that’s a huge advantage.”

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