Patriots' Haynesworth returns to practice

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England's Albert Haynesworth returned to practice Tuesday, one day after he pleaded no contest to a charge of simple assault.

Haynesworth was in pads and participated in drills at the beginning of the afternoon practice. The defensive lineman is one piece of the Patriots' rebuilt defense.

Haynesworth last practiced on Aug. 4. He was in pads but did not practice on Saturday. Coach Bill Belichick had been describing Haynesworth's situation as "day to day" for two weeks.

The no contest plea Monday resolved the case in which he was accused of touching a waitress' breast while having drinks with friends at a Washington hotel. He must stay out of trouble during the next 18 months and complete 160 hours of community service.