The New York Jets safety spurned advice to go under the knife, instead opting for alternative medicine. And so far, so good. Landry joined his new teammates at minicamp this week, and, although he could not practice, his progress has Coach Rex Ryan giddy.
“LaRon is way ahead of where our trainers thought he’d be,” Ryan told the team’s Web site on Wednesday. “We’ve just got to be smart the next couple of days that he doesn’t overdo things. He’s on the right track and we feel good about it.”
Landry’s secret? A stem cell treatment called AminoMatrix and “a couple” of platelet-rich plasma transfusions. PRP treatments are becoming increasingly popular for athletes looking to avoid surgery. Tiger Woods used them to recover from a knee injury.
“I’m progressing and things are looking real well — I was kind of shocked myself,” Landry said. “I can’t wait to get back out there and be with the team.”
Landry’s bulging biceps and muscular physique were as familiar as his massive hits in the Washington secondary. In February, Landry tweeted a photo of himself in which he looked particularly large, leading to some public speculation about steroid use. In a Twitter conversation with a concerned Redskins fan, Landry defended his weight, which was up to 218 pounds in March.
Of the injuries that prematurely ended his 2011 season, Landry said the Achilles “is totally healed” and that he’s waiting for the heel bone that is connected to the tendon to fully heal.
“I think these guys can do a lot more than just go in there and blast you on the running game,” Ryan said of Landry and Bell. “Landry, when he’s healthy, is a 4.3-something-in-the-40 type of guy. He’s got tons of God-given ability.”