This past Friday before the Houston Texans took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I appeared on the Mighty Gwinn show in Houston, Texas. Earlier in the week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had acquired defensive tackle, Albert Haynesworth off of waivers from the New England Patriots. Dylan Gwinn and I talked during the show about the relevance of Haynesworth and his past with Houston Texans’ QB Matt Schaub.
When Haynesworth was with the Titans he made it his mission to injure Schaub. He had a genuine dislike for Schaub. Twice in 2007 Albert’s Titans knocked Schaub out of games. He enjoyed it and bragged about it as well. Haynesworth had this to say after the injuries, “I think he’s scared of us,” said Haynsworth. He also said, “Maybe next year he won’t play against us, he’ll just sit that game out.” At the time, Haynesworth also caused a stir by saying that then backup, Sage Rosenfels was the better of the two quarterbacks and that he deserved Schaub’s contract. Well, Haynesworth has people talking about Schaub’s backup once again.
During the show I told Dylan that I felt Haynesworth is finally back in his natural role. After short stays in Washington and New England, Fat Albert is back in the same system that he played at such a high level in Tennessee. On the show we discussed if Haynesworth could get back to his old form. I said that he wouldn’t be a Pro Bowl talent again but he could be a game changer. I also asked if Texans’ fans should be worried about the curse of Fat Albert. Was there anyone who was worried a Haynesworth ending Schaub’s season again. It was laughed off at the time but as we know now, Adam Schefter reported that Matt Schaub will be out for the season with lisfranc surgery.
As soon as I heard the news I knew it had to be Haynesworth. Gary Kubiak said the injury happened at the end of the first half when the Texans were backed up in their own endzone. Schaub quarterback sneaked it and you can see Haynesworth squeeze through the line and land on the back of Schaub’s legs. Kubiak said that Schaub complained about the injury but told them to just wrap it up tight. Ironically, Schaub who takes a lot of knocks from the Houston fans and media for not playing through pain ended up playing the whole second half on the injury. Ironically, playing through the pain may be what made the injury season ending.