Bad News May Be Coming For Patriots Haynesworth After Plea

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August 22, 2011 at 03:52pm ET

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There could be some bad news coming for Albert Haynesworth after Monday's 'no contest' plea. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

There was some good news and bad news on Monday regarding Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and his pending sexual assualt case.

The good news is that according to the Washington Post, Haynesworth reportedly entered a 'no contest' plea, which will help him by causing the case not to go to trial.

The bad news is, the plea could now cause him some problems with the NFL league office, and according to the matter is 'under review' - citing an e-mail from NFL Spokesperson Greg Aiello.

Considering that the league suspended Ben Roethlisberger last season in a case where the Steelers quarterback wasn't even arrested or formerly charged, that precedent could potentially be bad news for Haynesworth.   The website points out that if there's any consistency to the Personal Conduct Policy, there's likely a punishment coming - especially when you take into consideration his past transgressions.

They also go on to point out the fact that Haynesworth insisted to the Patriots before they traded for him that he wasn't guilty, and speculate that today's news could potentially cause him to get released.

Needless to say he may be off the hook legally, but it sounds like there's still a tough road ahead for a guy who was hoping to make a 'fresh start' here in New England.