Haynesworth practices for third straight day

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Haynesworth practices for third straight day

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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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.

Oh, OK.

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."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.