The Washington Times - December 15, 2009, 04:15PM

Wrapping up the news of the day for the Redskins, who return to practice Wednesday in preparation for Monday night’s game against the Giants.

*The Redskins were cleared by the NFL Tuesday of tampering with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth before the official start of free agency.


Teams were prohibited from speaking to other teams’ potential free agents until 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 27. The Redskins and Haynesworth reached a contract agreement five hours later.

The Tennessee Titans reportedly alleged the Redskins had negotiated with Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, before that date.

“The NFL notified the Washington Redskins today that following an extensive review it cannot conclude that a tampering violation occurred in the team’s signing of free agent Albert Haynesworth last February,” the league said in a statement. “The Redskins assured the league that they will re-emphasize with club executives the importance of abiding by the anti-tampering policy and ensure compliance with those rules.”

If penalized, the Redskins would have had to forfeit a draft choice or pay a fine.

This isn’t a surprising ruling because tampering cases are so tough to prove. This thing got started when Sports Illustrated reported during the NFL Combine that Speck was spotted having dinner with Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Speck also represents receiver Malcolm Kelly.

*On his radio show, coach Jim Zorn said he made the decision to put Antwaan Randle El back for the final punt return on Sunday because he wanted sure hands. Randle El of course fumbled when he sprinted to try and make the catch.

Zorn also confirmed what Fred Davis has said himself — his preparation and concentration has improved since he replaced Chris Cooley.

*The Redskins released offensive lineman D’Anthony Batiste and signed linebacker Curtis Gatewood off the Pittsburgh practice squad. Gatewood spent most of 2008 on the Redskins’ practice squad.

— Ryan O’Halloran