By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
FOXBORO Another day, another appearance by Albert Haynesworth.
Haynesworth, who recently entered a plea of no contest to simple assault charges stemming from a Feb. 13 incident at a D.C. hotel, was on the practice field Thursday.
It was Haynesworth's third consecutive practice -- that's more training camp practices than he had total prior to this week.
After Haynesworth was signed and subsequently didn't practice right away, questions about his health and conditioning once again became hot topics of discussion.
Entering camp out of shape was an issue in his two previous NFL stops (Tennessee and Washington).
Shortly after Haynesworth signed with the Patriots, Bill Belichick offered no concrete answers as to why the former All-Pro defensive lineman wasn't immediately practicing with the Pats.
He was once again asked about Haynesworth's health on Thursday.
And Belichick was just as, uh, revealing.
"Haynesworth missed practice because he wasn't ready to practice," Belichick said.
When asked whether Haynesworth was in shape, Belichick responded, "that's as much as I can tell you. The players that are ready to practice, practice. The ones that aren't, don't practice."
After being reminded of the issues Haynesworth had with conditioning in Washington, Belichick responded, "I can't really say what happened anywhere else with Albert. I'm sure you can get a lot of details on him from somewhere else. I can just tell you here, when players are ready to practice, they practice. When they're not ready to practice, they do what they need to do to get ready to practice, and when they're ready to get out on the field, we put them out on the field. It's the same for everybody."