Washington Redskins starting strong safety LaRon Landry said that he remains hopeful that he can play Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, and coach Mike Shanahan said the fifth-year pro will be a “game-time decision.”
Landry said that the healing strained right hamstring that forced him out of two preseason games and the first two regular season games continues to progress. The 6-foot, 227-pound Landry said that he went through as much practice as he has all week and continues to gain comfort on the field.
“Went today probably 70 to 80 percent. Still haven’t pushed it,” said Landry, who hasn’t played since Week 9 of the 2010 season and ended the year on injured reserve because of a strained left Achilles’ tendon. “But it’s still up to coach on what I’m going to do, if I’m going to be up Monday night. Each day I try to make strides. It’s a little sore, but we’ll see what happens Monday.”
Landry — who in nine games last season recorded 85 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception — said he wasn’t concerned over not being able to practice at 100 percent yet. The Redskins will have a walk-through on Saturday and then head to Dallas on Sunday.
“In the NFL you’ll never be 100 percent. But it’s all about how comfortable I feel when I’m out there performing,” Landry said. “Like I said, we have a couple more days before Monday night and we’ll see what happens.”
Shanahan dismissed the notion that Landry wouldn’t be able to play because he hasn’t made it through a full practice. (Tight end Chris Cooley in Week 1 practiced fully only one day and still played in the season opener). But the coach has cautioned Landry to trust the messages his body is sending him, and implied that the safety would be evaluated prior to Monday night’s game and then a determination would be made.
“I told him, ‘Don’t push it. You’ll know when your body can push it. If you don’t feel like you’re loose, you can’t push it, we’ll get a feel for it before the game,’” Shanahan said. He added: “We’ll get a gut on what he does before the game. I can’t tell you if it’s 100 or 85, but I’ve got to get a good feel that he can last the whole game or have a chance to not set himself back. I don’t want to play him and all of a sudden, he pulls it on the second, third play of the game and we lose him for six weeks. … We need him for the season, not just one game.”
Shanahan said cornerback Josh Wilson, who left last Sunday’s game with a back injury, took snaps in portions of Friday’s practice. Shanahan said that Wilson, fullbacks Darrel Young (hamstring) and Mike Sellers (ankle) and safety DeJon Gomes (hamstring) all would likely be game-time decisions.