Report: Haynesworth diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis

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WASHINGTON -- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is reportedly suffering from a mild case of rhabdomyolysis.

The Washington Post reported Sunday night that Haynesworth was sidelined last week with rhabdomyolysis, a condition marked by the breakdown of skeletal muscle and the release of myoglobin in the bloodstream.

The paper states that severe cases can be fatal.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection was able to play in Saturday's preseason game, which may mean he's recovered from the condition.

"Exertion and hot conditions exacerbate the problem, but in most mild cases, people recover in a week or two," Lynne P. Yao, chairman-elect of the National Kidney Foundation's board of directors, told the paper.

Following Saturday's 23-3 loss to the Ravens, Haynesworth said that he felt like the team is underplaying the severity of his medical condition.

It has been an interesting offseason for Haynesworth. The Tennessee product failed to pass multiple conditioning tests when he showed up for camp. After an MRI revealed no structural damage in his ailing knee, he finally passed the test.

The team would not comment on Haynesworth's condition, but Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will address the media following Monday's practice.


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