FIRST AND TEN: Haynesworth not needed?

Sunday's impressive defensive effort by the Tennessee Titans might have lessened the team's interest in reacquiring disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins.

The Titans defensive line accounted for three of the team's four sacks Sunday against Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell in a 38-13 victory over the Raiders.

Ends Jacob Ford, Derrick Morgan and Jason Babin all had sacks on Sunday. Plus, the play of tackles Jason Jones, Tony Brown and Jovan Haye in the middle of the defense, in particular, might have slowed the Titans' pursuit of their former star, who has been trying to wriggle his way out of Washington after repeated clashes with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Haynesworth did not start, but did play in the Redskins' 13-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He was credited with one solo tackle and one assist in the game.

The Titans and Redskins had talked last week regarding the possibility of bringing back Haynesworth, who had spent seven seasons in Tennessee before leaving for a seven-year, $100 million package in Washington.

Tennessee had offered a fourth-round pick to the Redskins for Haynesworth, but according to various reports, the Redskins were holding out for a second-round choice.

Granted, the Raiders, from the look of things Sunday, are one of the weakest teams in the NFL, but for a Titans team that struggled defensively last year, their performance had to be encouraging no matter who the opponent.

Last week, the Titans' interest in Haynesworth was certainly real, but if the current group of defensive linemen can show that Sunday's performance was not some aberration against one of the league's weak sisters, their interest in their former star could wane in the coming days and weeks.

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