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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/29/2011

LaRon Landry watches first practice as Redskins evaluate Achilles’ tendon

Starting strong safety LaRon Landry was held out of team drills during the Redskins’ first practice of training camp.

Landry, who last season missed seven games with a badly strained Achilles’ tendon, did some limited individual work on the side, however.

“They just want to make sure it’s fine [from] their standpoint,” said Landry, who is entering his fifth NFL season.

Landry this offseason had surgery on his wrist and shoulder, but not on his Achilles’ tendon. He did, however, receive “shockwave” and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments.

A newer procedure, PRP treatment is intended to accelerate tissue regeneration. The procedure involves drawing blood from the area and placing it in a machine that spins the blood to separate platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated platelets are then re-injected into the area where they release regenerating growth factors.

Landry said he is feeling more fit now, but the Redskins’ priority is ensuring he is ready for the season opener.

“It was a roller coaster,” Landry said of the offseason. “You have great days and then it flares up and you have to chill out. I can say about the last month and a half to two months that’s when I really started turning a corner with the Achilles. That was the most difficult part of my injuries. . . . I’m taking my time right now, a day at a time, and making sure it’s strong enough to endure.”

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