Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's trial on misdemeanor charges related to an alleged road-rage assault in northern Virginia has been continued until May 31.
Lawyers said Haynesworth may be in the process of settling the matter with the alleged victim, which is permissible under Virginia law. The term for such a process is called "accord and satisfaction."
The trial had been set for Thursday in Fairfax County. Haynesworth's lawyer was on hand for the court proceedings Thursday, but Haynesworth himself did not appear. The lineman was, however, in the area. He was spotted across the street at his attorney's office while his lawyer asked for a continuance in the case.
Haynesworth's lawyer said Thursday his client had more "housekeeping" to do. Prosecutors said that if the case went to trial, they would want more time to prepare their case, but Haynesworth's attorney said he didn't think that would be necessary.
Haynesworth is accused of punching a man following an argument on the Fairfax County Parkway. The man who filed the complaint says Haynesworth was tailgating him on the road, so he made a gesture toward him. At a nearby intersection, the man says Haynesworth got out of his truck and punched him.
Haynesworth's agent says his client is innocent. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Earlier this month, in an unrelated case, Haynesworth skipped the hearing and allowed his lawyer to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.