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Haynesworth takes the field

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  July 31, 2011 04:46 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Albert Haynesworth made his debut as a member of the New England Patriots today and this afternoon gave those at the public practice a glimpse at what he could bring this season.

Fans recognized Haynesworth as he strolled onto the practice field behind Gillette Stadium dressed in full pads. He gave the crowd a wave after hearing the massive applause for the newly acquired defensive lineman.

Haynesworth participated in a handful of drills, one of which included shoving offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger backward on his first attempt. He showed a couple of impressive moves and then watched most of the rest of practice. He did not run sprints at the end of practice, choosing to join a few other players on the sidelines who were stretching.

He did shadow Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and kept a watchful eye over many drills. It seems the Patriots are slowly easing him into the fold.

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