On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Albert Haynesworth had suffered from rhabdomyolysis. This condition, which caused the defensive lineman to miss several team practices, “causes the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle because of injury to muscle tissue.”
Experts indicate that this is an indication “that he wasn’t in proper shape to practice in the summer heat.”
Let’s rewind a couple of months, when Haynesworth skipped team workouts and a mandatory mini-camp in order to train on his own.
Back in June, he claimed that even though he had some disagreements with the Redskins, he would report to training camp “in shape and ready to play football.” (UPI). Haynesworth reported to camp and immediately failed the team’s conditioning test … several times.
Is this what you meant when you said you were “in shape,” Albert?
Throughout all of the offseason drama between Haynesworth and the Redskins, most fans (myself included) wished he would show up in good physical shape and hungry to prove the doubters wrong.
He is, after all, a two-time pro-bowler and, when he wants to be, one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL today. All the ability in the world can’t help Haynesworth if he is unable to play because of rhabdomyolysis. Neither can Mike Shanahan, who with his mandatory testing regimen, did as much as he could do. At this point, Albert’s lack of personal accountability is what matters most.