ASHBURN, Va. -- Mike Shanahan leveled a scathing critique at Albert Haynesworth on Thursday, saying the former Redskins defensive lineman was "lazy" and had a "lack of passion" and "lack of character."
The Washington Redskins coach was responding to comments made this week by Haynesworth, who told Tennessee Sports Radio that Shanahan is "conniving," self-centered and will run quarterback Robert Griffin III "into the ground."
Asked for his reaction, Shanahan began his answer and then stopped himself and started over -- because he wanted to "say it the right way."
Then he hammered home a zinger.
"When you don't get along with somebody as a head coach or an assistant coach, it usually falls into one of those areas -- lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times lack of character," Shanahan said. "And he fits all three."
Smith returning: All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.
One of San Francisco's dynamic pass rushers appears ready to return.
Smith had been undergoing rehab at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games.
Regional combines: The NFL will hold 15 regional combines throughout the country starting in February, followed by a super regional.
The regional combines begin Feb. 8-9 in Houston and end with the super regional on April 12-13 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Nats hire Williams: Former major league third baseman Matt Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals will hold a news conference today to introduce Williams as the team's fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005.
Ratings: The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17 percent over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games.
Boston's 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.
Renteria interviewed: San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' manager's job.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Thursday that Renteria has interviewed.
OSU AD not talking: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has shot down rumors that he is interviewing for the vacant University of Texas athletic director position.
Smith issued a statement via email and also on his Twitter account on Thursday.
"I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds," he said in the statement. "Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate."
Florida suspensions: No. 10 Florida probably will be playing with walk-ons early in the season.
Coach Billy Donovan announced the suspension of big men Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris on Thursday, meaning the Gators will be down at least four guys to start the season.
Donovan already suspended point guard Scottie Wilbekin indefinitely, and guard Michael Frazier II likely will miss at least two games because of mononucleosis.
Crew player retires: The Columbus Crew has announced that midfielder Eddie Gaven is retiring after 11 seasons in Major League Soccer.
The 27-year-old concludes a career that includes 278 appearances, 51 goals and 37 assists.
Rory leads: With eight birdies and hardly any stress, Rory McIlroy opened the HSBC Champions with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Jamie Donaldson.