WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Washington Redskins head Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he and disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth have met privately to clear the air.
Shanahan confirmed that he "had a conversation" with the two-time Pro Bowl pick after Haynesworth complained the Redskins were underestimating the severity of his case of rhabdomyolysis, a condition marked by the breakdown of skeletal muscle and the release of myoglobin in the bloodstream.
Haynesworth also said after Saturday's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens that team officials were still unfairly punishing him for skipping a voluntary off-season conditioning program.
"I'm not going to go through the communication that I had with him," Shanahan told Redskins.com. "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."
Haynesworth initially failed a conditioning test at the start of training camp.