Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry remained noncommittal Wednesday about playing this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, but said his strained right hamstring continues to heal.
“A lot of progress, getting better. It’s just a timing thing, and I’ve just got to take it a day at a time,” Landry said. “Any competitor, it’s tough watching. You’ve just got to stay positive, stay grounded.”
Landry missed Sunday’s game and all of the preseason while healing from injuries – first a strained Achilles’ tendon that cost him seven games last season and then the strained hamstring. Landry practiced only one day last week.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he was hopeful Landry would be able to return to the field this week. He said the team’s medical staff would continue to evaluate the fifth-year pro.
Landry said he wasn’t sure when the Redskins would make a decision on whether he would be available for Sunday.
“I’ll leave that up to coach Shanahan, the training staff and let them see what they think,” he said. “I don’t know how they gameplan or when they do the injury report. You’ve got to ask coach Shanahan.”
Landry last season was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year with 85 tackles, a sack, a fumble and an interception through nine games. But the strained left Achilles’ tendon forced him to miss the rest of the season.
This is a contract year for Landry, whom Washington drafted sixth overall in 2007. But he insists that concerns about injuring himself further and hurting his earning potential are not holding him back.
“As far as a contract year, I don’t look into that aspect of the game,” Landry said. “I have a great agent and he’ll take care of all that. I’m just worried about getting onto the field and helping my team win.”