Patriots acquire Haynesworth for future pick

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Patriots acquire Haynesworth for future pick

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth can be a uniquely disruptive force. Now the Patriots and Bill Belichick need to make sure he limits his disruptions to Sundays between the lines. In a deal first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have sent a 2013 fifth-round pick to Washington in exchange for the 30-year-old former All-Pro.UPDATE: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is reporting that Haynesworth will be given a 2-year, 12 million deal with no money guaranteed.
Haynesworth was arguably the best defender in football in 2007 and 2008 when he just ruined offenses for the Tennessee Titans. The Redskins gave him a free agent contract befitting that ability (and then some) when they signed him to a seven-year, 100 million deal, The deal was set to pay him 32 million in the first 13 months and had 41 million in guaranteed Dan Snyder money. By December of that year, he was ripping the schemes of the Skins defensive coordinator. Mike Shanahan became the Redskins coach before the 2010 season and made it his mission to get Haynesworth in line. It didn't really take. From preseason conditioning run foolishness to not wanting to practice, Haynesworth was a burr in Shanahan's saddle because he didn't like the way he was being used. He was suspended for the rest of the 2010 season by Shanahan in December. Haynesworth isn't stupid. But he can be an idiot. He's got a couple of road rage incidents on his resume, is facing a sexual assault trial stemming from putting a pen back in a waitress' front pocket, once stomped on the unhelmeted head of Dallas center Andre Gurode and was involved in a traffic accident while driving his Ferrari over 100 mph. Now he's the Patriots' problem and project. He follows Randy Moss and Corey Dillon as prominent rehab cases who -- when reached by Belichick -- paid massive on-field dividends.
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Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football

Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football

FOXBORO -- It seems unlikely that a 23-year-old who has spent much of his life around sports would be unaware of how fantasy football works. But Malcolm Mitchell insisted on Friday that he was that 23-year-old. 

Over the past seven days, Mitchell has been the second-most added player in ESPN.com fantasy leagues behind only Steelers tight end Ladarius Green. The rookie wideout went undrafted in many fantasy leagues before the start of the regular season, but his production has spiked over the last three weeks making him one of a hot commodity for people headed into the fantasy playoffs.

In wins over the Niners, Jets and Rams, Mitchell has caught 17 passes for 222 yards and three scores. 

"I have family members mention it, but I never know what they're talking about," Mitchell said when asked if he was asked about his newfound popularity among fans of fantasy football. "I'm not sure how that works. If someone said it, I'd probably have no idea what it means."

A fewer lockers down from Mitchell is the stall of rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who cut into Mitchell's back-and-forth with reporters joking, "I've got him on my team!"

Mitchell's confusion over the phenomenon that is fantasy football seemed to be genuine as he asked questions about how teams operate and what fantasy free-agency means. 

Those who've picked him up probably don't mind that Mitchell is in the dark on the subject -- and the same goes for the Patriots coaching staff, it's safe to assume -- as long as he continues to do his job as well as he's done it in recent weeks.