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Haynesworth, who repeatedly failed his conditioning test in Washington, did not practice on Saturday morning. Belichick would not say why.

“There are things we still need to do with Albert for him to be able get on the practice field and when those things are done, he’ll be out there,” the coach said.

Asked whether he thought football was important to Haynesworth, Belichick said, “Of course, otherwise I don’t think he would be playing football. But those are questions you can ask him. I don’t want to speak for him.”

Also Saturday, the Patriots announced they have re-signed offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who had been designated as the franchise player, running backs Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris, defensive back Kyle Arrington and defensive lineman Steve Williams. The team later announced deals with defensive back Brandon McGowan and linebacker Tracy White.

The Patriots also released linebacker Anthony Leonard. On Friday, the team released six veterans, including defensive end Ty Warren, offensive tackle Nick Kaczur, tight end Alge Crumpler and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain.

“Those kinds of things are tough,” Belichick said. “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we do. We just had to move on.”