Haynesworth to start for Bucs 7 days after Pats cut him
The Patriots washed their hands of Albert Haynesworth earlier this week. Despite all the off-field issues and underwhelming on-field effort, Big Al wasn't out of work long. The Bucs, decimated along their defensive line, claimed Haynesworth off waivers and will owe him roughly $750,000 for the rest of the season.
Haynesworth, whose dreadful performance against the Giants in Foxboro last Sunday cemented his fate with the Pats, will start for Tampa Bay today. This has more to do with the lack of depth along the Bucs' d-line than it does with Haynesworth's dominating presence.
The backstory, via the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings: "Starting under tackle Gerald McCoy is out for the season with another biceps tear and McCoy's top replacement, Frank Okam, is nursing a calf strain that will keep him out of today's game against the Houston Texans at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs see the suddenly available Haynesworth as someone who could help salvage their season."
If Big Al is pegged as the Bucs' savior then the season is already lost.
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