Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry said there is “no way” he will play in the team’s preseason finale against Tampa Bay Thursday because his strained right hamstring has yet to fully heal.
Landry said he still intends to play in the season opener Sept. 11 against the New York Giants, however. The fifth-year pro said Monday that he plans to jog for the first time in 11 days and see how his hamstring responds.
Landry has spent all of training camp and the preseason on the “physically unable to perform” list – first while working to strengthen his strained left Achilles’ tendon, and the last two weeks with the hamstring injury.
Landry was hoping to be removed from the PUP list, go through his first full practice on Aug. 21 and play against Baltimore on the 25th. But on Aug. 18th, while he worked out in Indianapolis, Landry tweaked his hamstring.
Landry hasn’t played since Nov. 15, 2010. He hoped to take some preseason snaps so he would be primed for the regular season. But now, Landry says his hamstring won’t allow it.
“I can’t go out there before I’m ready,” said Landry, who is entering the final season of his current contract. “I’ve got too much at stake.”
The 6-foot, 227-pound Landry, who in nine games last season recorded 85 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception before the Achilles injury forced him out, said he isn’t worried about being rusty in the season opener because of a lack of preseason action.
“Nope,” he said. “I’m just gonna say forget it, and just ball.”