No 'Skins game for Haynesworth

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No 'Skins game for Haynesworth

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
MIAMI - Happy as he seems at his new address, Albert Haynesworth's bitterness about his Washington experience is never far from the surface. (The feeling is no doubt mutual.)

The latest swipe by the big man came Monday night after the Patriots' season-opening win over the Dolphins.

"Uhhh, we won," Haynesworth said when asked the biggest difference between his first game with the Patriots and how things were in Washington. "I actually played too so that was good."

It was a funny line and came with prompting from a reporter. Haynesworth didn't seem to be seeking a chance to revisit the Washington disaster. But it's clear that, every chance he gets, Haynesworth is going to point out that he believes Mike Shanahan was running a dysfunctional program in Washington. Haynesworth knows the thrashing his reputation took with the Skins and the best way to help rehab it is to point out how great things are in New England and what a great employee he can be when things are done right.

Shanahan, of course, could persuasively argue that Haynesworth played a major role in the dysfunction. He could also point out that the Redskins won this week, too.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots get roster exemption for Ebner, add TE Pascoe and OL Halapio

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Patriots get roster exemption for Ebner, add TE Pascoe and OL Halapio

FOXBORO -- The Patriots, as expected, have been given a roster exemption for safety Nate Ebner. Therefore, while Ebner is playing for the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team in the Rio Olympics, his spot will not count against New England's 90-man roster. 

"I’ve talked to Nate several times," coach Bill Belichick said on Wednesday. "Wish him well in his endeavor. It’s a great opportunity for him to follow his passion, participate in the Olympic Games. We’re pulling for him to bring back something around his neck."

With the roster exemption, the Patriots found themselves at 88 players on their roster. In order to fill their last two openings, they signed offensive lineman Jon Halapio and tight end Bear Pascoe, Belichick announced. 

Halapio, a product of the University of Florida, was a sixth-round selection by the Patriots in 2014. He was released at the end of training camp that year, and he later landed on the Broncos practice squad in December of 2014. Before the start of last season, Halapio signed with the Cardinals. He was released on Sept. 5. 

In between NFL gigs, Halapio has spent time with the Boston Brawlers and the Brooklyn Bolts, both of the Fall Experimental Football League. 

Pascoe, 30, is in his eighth NFL season. He has spent time with the Giants, Falcons and Lions, primarily as a blocking tight end. In his career, the 6-foot-5, 257-pounder has caught 40 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns in 85 career games. 

Ebner will participate in the Olympic rugby competition with Team USA beginning on Aug. 6, and fellow Patriots special teams ace Mathew Slater will be paying attention.

"I’m just so happy for him," Slater said. "And I know why rugby means so much to him, and many of us are familiar with the situation with his father, and his father obviously introduced him to the game of [rugby]. So, that connection with father and son is bigger than sport itself.

"I know this means a great deal to him and we’re all excited for him. I’m just trying to figure out where I can get my Ebner rugby jersey. I’ll be supporting him and watching him along the way."