Haynesworth back at Titans facility

Monday, November 13, 2006 at 1:00am

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth returned to the Tennessee Titans practice facility this morning as scheduled, after serving his league-mandated five-game suspension.Haynesworth worked out, but now awaits his fate regarding a permanent return.

Haynesworth, who was suspended and fined $190,000 for stomping on the unprotected head of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode, causing him to need 30 stitches, will get a one-week exemption if the Titans deem it necessary as they work him back onto the active roster.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who spoke to Haynesworth in his office,said he would discuss the Haynesworth matter with general manager Floyd Reese and COO Steve Underwood before making a final decision to allow Haynesworth to be reinstated.

Fisher said barring any stumbling blocks, that Haynesworth would likely return to practice Wednesday with a deadline of adding him back to the 53-man roster looming Saturday.

"If things go smoothly between now and Wednesday morning, then I would say it's fair to assume, he'll be rejoining the team Wednesday morning," Fisher said.

Haynesworth's agent Chad Speck said Monday that he spoke with Haynesworth earlier today and that the defensive tackle is hopeful of playing this Sunday when the Titans visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

Haynesworth spent his time during the suspension working out locally at D-I and in Atlanta with former Falcons star Chuck Smith.

There had been some speculation that the Titans might not welcome Haynesworth back to the club, but he re-entered Monday and Speck appeared confident that Haynesworth would be reinstated.

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