Belichick says rotation kept Haynesworth out

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Belichick says rotation kept Haynesworth out

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Monday that Albert Haynesworth, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and one of the most powerful players in the league, sat out the final 24 minutes of Sunday's game because his spot in the defensive tackle rotation never came up. "We had a lot of defensive linemen active so they played in different rotations," Belichick said when asked where Haynesworth disappeared to after a 10-yard Brandon Jacobs touchdown run. "Vince (Wilfork) is a guy, obviously, that we don't want off the field but the rest of those guys they can't all play. One guy plays for a while then somebody else plays and they rotate."Asked if Haynesworth's idle status was injury or performance-related, Belichick said, "It was rotation related."His number never came up once in more than aquarter-and-a-half including first-and-goal from the Patriots' 2 in the third-quarter and first-and-goal at the 1 in the final minute?"No," said Belichick. To call that unusual would be an understatement. To believe it on face value would be naive. There's been talk Monday of a sideline dustup between Haynesworth and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson that needed to be broken up by Jerod Mayo and Bill Belichick. That incident hasn't been confirmed. Asked about it, Belichick said,"Whatever we talk about as a team during the game or in meetings is between the players and coaches."On the bright side, Haynesworth has as many receptions in the past three games as Chad Ochocinco.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith react to Tom Curran's column that said the Patriots are likely to go 19-0 and Curran explains his stance.

6:54 - Lou Merloni joins BST to break down David Price's altercation with Dennis Eckersley and what it means for the Red Sox leadership if Dustin Pedroia was one of the players who applauded Price on the team plane.

12:25 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry are in Foxboro for day 1 of Patriots training camp to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo's struggles, Brandin Cooks' big play ability, and Malcolm Butler's compete level.

16:32 - David Price seems to not like playing in Boston, similar to Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval. What makes it so difficult for some players to handle Boston?