NFL Camp Notes: Favre, Maclin injured & Babineaux suspended

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Favre has yet to tell Childress that he’s retiring
Despite reports that state he won’t return, Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress insisted on Tuesday that Brett Favre has not told him he’s retiring. Minnesota still considers the situation “fluid” and Viking players have told the media that nothing has changed in regards to Favre’s status with the team. A “family source” also tells the Biloxi Sun Herald that Brett has not decided whether to play this year. With over a month left before the season starts, it’s doubtful that Brett has made any concrete plans about whether or not to come back – even though many media outlets are reporting that he’s likely done.

Eagles’ Maclin suffers hyperextended knee injury
Second-year receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a hyperextended left knee injury during practice today. According to some reports, he looked to be in serious pain on the field and his teammates even huddled for a prayer after practice. He’ll undergo an MRI on the knee to determine how much camp time he’ll miss. Hopefully the injury wasn’t serious and he’ll only miss a week or so.

Falcons’ Babineaux suspended one game
The Falcons won’t have their best interior pass-rusher when they take on the Steelers in Week 1, as defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has been suspended one game for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. (The suspension stems from Babineaux’s 2009 arrest for possession of marijuana.) Kudos to GM Thomas Dimitroff for having the wherewithal to know Babineaux was likely to be suspended and to select DT Corey Peters in the third round of April’s draft. Non-kudos to Babineaux for the arrest.

Haynesworth skips conditioning test again
Another day, another skipped conditioning test for Albert Haynesworth. Mike Shanahan says that Haynesworth’s knee is still bothering him and that when he’s ready to take the test again, “he’ll take it.” Shanahan is standing firm that Haynesworth is not allowed to practice until he passes the test (which some media members have reportedly attempted and passed over the last coupe of days).

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Albert Haynesworth once again skips conditioning test. Ok, now what?

ASHBURN, VA - JULY 29: Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth  walks back to the locker room after the Redskins first day of training camp on July 29, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

For the third straight day, Albert Haynesworth didn’t attempt Mike Shanahan’s “conditioning test” because of a sore knee.

I use quotation marks around the words “conditioning test” because Shanahan is hardly trying to determine whether or not Haynesworth is in shape. There have already been several reports that have stated he’s in the best shape of his career and as I highlighted last week, these tests are more about punishment and less about running.

But now that Haynesworth has missed almost a week’s worth of practice, is Shanahan satisfied? Does it really matter if Haynesworth passes this test or has Shanahan done enough to prove his point? Because in a couple of months, it’s not going to matter what Haynesworth said about his contract or how many sprints he ran in training camp. The only thing that will matter is whether or not he helps Shanahan and the Redskins win.

At some point, Shanahan needs to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive. No matter how big of a pain he is at times, Haynesworth gives the Redskins their best chance to win and sooner or later, both he and Shanahan will have to move forward if everyone is going to get what they want in the end.

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