Goodell calls Redskins' conditioning test 'sensible'
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday he thinks it's "sensible" that the Washington Redskins are requiring defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to pass a conditioning test before he is allowed to participate in training camp practices.
"Before a team puts somebody out on the field and in a contact situation, he has to be at a certain conditioning level," Goodell said at the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp. "I think the Redskins are focused on making sure that he continues to be in the proper condition to do that. I think that's sensible. You don't want to put players out there who aren't prepared to be able to do it."
Goodell visited the Redskins' camp Wednesday and was at the Steelers' camp in Latrobe, Pa. Thursday
Haynesworth has not passed the conditioning test, which consists of a pair of timed 300-yard shuttle runs in 25-yard increments. The Redskins say that Haynesworth is the only player on the team required to pass the test before practicing because he failed to participate in at least half of the club's offseason workouts.
Former players have said the Redskins' test is a standard conditioning test used by teams league-wide, but is perhaps the toughest of the tests commonly used.
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