- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Albert Haynesworth is being sued for $7.5 million in compensatory damages in the wake of a car accident in which the Washington Redskins’ newly signed defensive tackle faces two criminal charges.

The Tennessean in Nashville reported that Corey Edmondson, the driver of the other vehicle in the Dec. 13, 2007, crash, has had two surgeries, including a hip replacement, and will need another operation. According to the lawsuit filed in Williamson County Chancery Court in Franklin on Friday, Edmondson is unable to work, and his medical bills could top $1 million.

Haynesworth’s hearing on charges of driving with an expired registration and reckless driving last week was postponed until June 8. The police report said Haynesworth tried to pass Edmondson on Interstate 65 and that his Ferrari made contact with Edmondson’s Mercury and caused it to slam into a concrete barrier.

The accident occurred four days after Haynesworth had been placed on supervised probation by a Williamson County judge for driving more than 100 mph on I-65 in March.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins on Feb. 27.

Messages for Haynesworth’s attorney, Glenn Funk, and Jonathan Perry, who represents Edmondson, were not immediately returned.

Perry told the Associated Press that Edmondson also is seeking punitive damages but will let a jury decide what he deserves.

Pair of receivers sign

The Redskins haven’t been able to nail down deals with receivers Kelley Washington and D.J. Hackett, each of whom impressed at last weekend’s minicamp on a tryout basis. But they did sign receivers Roydell Williams and Trent Shelton on Monday.

Williams, a 28-year-old who was drafted in the fourth round by Tennessee in 2005, had 55 catches for 719 yards and four touchdowns in 2007. Shelton, 24, has spent time on the practice squads of Indianapolis and Seattle.

Washington has the Redskins’ offer on hold at least through this weekend, when he will participate in Baltimore’s minicamp. Hackett turned down his offer because family matters were going to prevent him from participating this week.

The Redskins might reissue their offer for their June organized team activities.

No-shows abound

Running back Clinton Portis, fullback Mike Sellers, linebacker London Fletcher and safety LaRon Landry weren’t on hand for the start of the Redskins’ OTAs.

Given their no-shows this offseason - other than last weekend’s mandatory minicamp - Sellers, Fletcher and Landry might not be on hand until training camp starts in late July. Moss and Thrash were also absent after being on hand for minicamp, but their absences weren’t an issue since they can’t practice.

Carlos Rogers didn’t practice because of swelling in his right knee, the first setback that the cornerback has had with the knee since he tore two ligaments Oct. 28, 2007.

“It’s no big concern,” Rogers said.

JMU defensive end signs

The Redskins signed defensive end J.D. Skolnitsky, a rookie free agent from James Madison, to a three-year contract. Skolnitsky tested positive for a banned supplement after a playoff game against Villanova in December; the NCAA declared him ineligible for 2009, which would have been his senior season.

The Redskins cut former practice squad guard Isaiah Ross and four of the 13 rookie free agents they had signed last Monday: receiver John Halman, tight end Devin Frischknecht, defensive tackle Brigham Harwell and linebacker Ronnie Palmer.



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