Haynesworth once made impression on Brady

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Haynesworth once made impression on Brady

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Patirots fans just wanted Tom Brady to get through the 2009 preseason intact. His 2008 season was ruined in the opening minutes of the first game. The only thing worse would be losing him for a second straight year in the preseason. Enter Albert Haynesworth. The Redskins new-at-the-time-acquisition squished Brady like a grape during the Patriots final preseason game. It looked like Brady jammed his shoulder on the play. As it turned out, he cracked ribs and they bothered him through the rest of the 2009 season. I asked Brady about the play on Friday, "I saw him this morning and I said, I still havent forgiven you for that," Bradyjoked. "Haynesworth said, God, I got a lot of friends up here, and theyve all given him a lot of grief over the years. Hes a big guy, and theres a lot of competition at the D-line position. ... Hopefully he can come in and fill a role, and hell be a good part of the success of this team. I think thats what were all trying to do.It was after this hit that Haynesworth actually expressed a deep yearning for the Patriots. Or said he liked the team. Somewhere in the middle. "Im not trying to hurt Brady, especially that time, because I like that team," Haynesworth revealed. "When you step back from football, Ive always liked the Patriots. I dont know why. Its just something about them. Ive always liked the Patriots.
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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.