Jason La Confora of the NFL Network reports:
“Albert Haynesworth experienced the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, according to a source. Symptoms included dizziness, nausea, vomiting and muscle swelling. He was treated by team doctors, with rhabdomyolysis believed to be the likely cause.
Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Some of these are harmful to the kidney and can result in kidney damage.
When muscle is damaged, a protein pigment called myoglobin is released into the bloodstream and filtered out of the body by the kidneys. Myoglobin breaks down into potentially harmful compounds.
Exertion and hot conditions exacerbate the problem, but in most mild cases people recover in a week or two. It is treated with aggressive hydration to dilute the urine and flush the myoglobin from the kidneys.
Haynesworth’s symptoms were not at the extreme end of the spectrum, and he recovered enough to take part in the preseason game with the Ravens. However, because he missed practice time, he was told he would only play in the second half of the game, with the reserves.
This will certainly add a new twist to this ongoing saga.