Safety LaRon Landry missed nearly half of last season because of an Achilles tendon injury, one that’s not healed well enough to allow him to participate in practice during this training camp. With Reed Doughty taking reps with the first team alongside new free safety O.J. Atogwe, Landry has been forced to watch. Though he insists he expects to be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants, he has no timetable for a return to practice.
“I’m not going on the field unless I’m 110 percent and I know I can be myself and do all the things I know I can do,” Landry said after Friday’s morning workout. “Don’t make no sense to go out there and have to come back to the side and take a couple days off. When I get out there, I want to be out there and stay out there.”
Asked if he expects to play in a preseason game, “I’m looking forward to it.” Still, Landry said that though the injury “feels fine, the strength is not there. . . .
“About a month ago it just started turning its corner. And now I’m able to do strengthening drills to build it up, but for the most part, I have to let it calm down first.”
Though he missed the final seven games of the 2010 season – one in which he got off to a fine start in the Redskins’ new 3-4 scheme – Landry elected not to undergo surgery on the tendon. Instead, he “shockwave” and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, a blood-spinning technique that helps foster healing without surgery. But Landry admitted Friday he might have to have surgery at some point.
“If it doesn’t respond well, then next offseason, we’ll probably have to cut on it,” Landry said. “But I’m not looking forward to doing that.”
If and when Landry does return to the field, he will do so not only alongside Atogwe, arguably the Redskins’ splashiest offseason acquisition, but as a strong safety in a 3-4 alignment that seemed to suit him. Landry had at least 11 tackles four times in his nine games last season.
“I can’t wait to get back out there,” Landry said. “The defense really fits what I do well. I just can’t wait. The sky’s the limit. I’m not looking back at last year saying if this wouldn’t have happened, I’d have been here or there. But you know, it’s in the past. I’m looking forward to having a great season this year, too, even better.”
For now, though, Doughty is getting the first-team reps at strong safety, and the Redskins have no idea when that will change.