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Haynesworth misses third straight practice, game-time decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed practice for a third consecutive day with a right hamstring injury.

Coach Jeff Fisher, however, did not rule out Haynesworth being able to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite not being able to practice all week.

"We still haven't ruled him out," Fisher said. "He can play without practicing. The decision will be based on how he is before game time."

Haynesworth, who had a career-high three sacks last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, suffered the hamstring injury with about three minutes remaining last week.

Haynesworth said he hoped to play and took another day off to rest the injury.

"It's all right. It's not too bad," Haynesworth said. "I'll be out there. I just didn't want to aggravate nothing today."

Haynesworth said he has never had a hamstring injury before in his career, but hopes to play Sunday, even if he cant play as many snaps as normal.

"It's unfamiliar territory. I'm just going to keep working and be out there Sunday," Haynesworth said. "I'll probably just do as much as I can without putting myself in danger again."

Haynesworth is not the only member of the defensive line in question. Defensive end Travis LaBoy, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, has not practiced all week.

At running back, LenDale White was a full participant in practice Friday after being limited on Thursday with a toe injury. Chris Brown, nursing a high left ankle sprain, did only limited work early in practice Friday. He has not played the past three games.

Rookie Chris Henry, who has appealed his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's steroid and banned substance policy, has up to 20 days to have the appeal heard and is expected to be available Sunday. Henry can drop the appeal at any time and begin serving the punishment.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.

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