Shanahan has private meeting with Haynesworth

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Washington - The offseason drama involving Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth continued Monday, as head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that he "had a conversation" with the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

This all comes following a report in the Washington Post on Sunday night, which said that Haynesworth was sidelined last week with a mild case of rhabdomyolysis, a condition marked by the breakdown of skeletal muscle and the release of myoglobin in the bloodstream.

"I'm not going to go through the communication that I had with him," Shanahan told the team's website. "I had a conversation with Albert and I'm not going to discuss that for obvious reasons.

"If you want to talk about football, we'll talk about football, but to keep on talking about things that are completely outside of football is completely ridiculous. But I did have a conversation with him, as I said."

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

The Tennessee product has publicly displayed his frustration with the team this offseason. When he arrived at training camp, Washington made him pass a conditioning test before he could practice. Haynesworth failed to pass the test multiple times. After an MRI revealed no structural damage in his ailing knee, he finally passed the test.

Haynesworth has been playing with the backups this preseason.

"He has a way to go. He needs to practice these next three weeks, practice at a high level and play well," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "Then we'll see where he's at from that standpoint."


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