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Redskins prepare for Cowboys

 Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will play against the Cowboys, perhaps at several different line positions.
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Date published: 9/7/2010

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"Whoever plays in this game, we alternate," Haslett said. "You can say they start, they don't start; it really doesn't make a difference because whoever's up, all of them play about the equal amount of time."

Haynesworth declined to comment.

Questions about Haynesworth's status for the regular-season opener are spawned by his uneven play in the preseason. He shows questionable effort at times, and he's still adjusting to moving laterally at the snap instead of penetrating the backfield.

Haynesworth skipped all of the team's offseason program, and it has showed.

However, teammates believe it's just a matter of time before Haynesworth gets caught up.

"I think for him to come out and just make strides every day, that says a lot," defensive end Phillip Daniels said. "I think he'll be fine. As long as he continues to get better, two or three games into the season he'll be fully adapted to what we're doing and he'll be fine."

Shanahan tried to put a positive spin on how Haynesworth played against Arizona in the preseason finale.

Haynesworth played 49 of 55 snaps, unofficially, an inordinate amount for a two-time all-pro in a preseason game. He split time at nose tackle and right defensive end.

"I thought he did a good job considering he played as many plays as he did do at a couple different positions and not having the reps that some of the other players had at it," Shanahan said. "It was work that was well-needed, and he played hard."

McNABB WILL START

Quarterback Donovan McNabb returned to practice yesterday and will start Sunday's season-opener against Dallas, as expected.

"He's ready to go," coach Mike Shanahan said.


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