Haynesworth's history of summer knee maintenance

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Haynesworth's history of summer knee maintenance

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran

FOXBORO - Albert Haynesworth missed practice for the second consecutive day on Saturday, but he will not miss practice on Sunday. There is none. Haynesworth's absence, while not addressed by Bill Belichick (media was offered offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and receivers coach Chad O'Shea as featured speakers), bears watching. But it doesn't invite panic. The 30-year-old Haynesworth is in his 10th NFL season. He weighs around 330 pounds. He has, according to a Washington Post story from 2009, had injections of a joint lubricant called Synvisc in his left knee every summer dating back to his final two seasons in Tennessee.Said Haynesworth back in 2009, "It's nothing new for me," Haynesworth said. The shot, he said, "really does help. Your body produces this stuff, and it just gives me more, and it gives me more lubricant around the knee."Around this time last year, Haynesworth was dealing with a sore knee that needed an MRIThat, of course, turned into the Shanahan vs. Haynesworth Showdown Sideshow over the team's conditioning run. That situation - and Haynesworth's entire Redskins tenure - muddied the water around Haynesworth so thoroughly that now any missed practice or absence carries a whiff of dread that the same thing may be kicking up again. In all likelihood, though, the only thing that's kicking up in Haynesworth's knee and the need to take it easy on it.With the lockout eliminating offseason conditioning programs and Haynesworth persona non grata with Washington, it's exceedingly likely he didn't get a lot of maintenance work done before coming to New England. It's a pretty safe bet that he's currently in the shop.
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Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."