LaRon Landry injured his Achilles in midseason last year. He went on injured reserves late in the season. Nearly eight months have passed and coaches are still wary about letting him go full-speed.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the lockout certainly didn’t help matters. Landry was unable to come to the team facility, unable to meet with trainers and rehab under the team’s watchful eye. So the Redskins now have to monitor Landry closely these first few days of camp to understand exactly what he’s ready to do on the practice field.
“Any time a guy has an Achilles and he’s not able to go through rehab with your organization, you feel like there is going to be a setback,” Shanahan said following Saturday’s practice. “I think Peyton Manning said the same thing, he’d sure like to be with the people who are giving treatment all the time.”
Landry is on the PUP list, which means he’s attending practice, but not able to participate in all the drills with his teammates.
“I feel healthy,” he said, “but like I say, taking it a day at a time, making positive strides and look forward to getting back on the field.”
“I get kind of teary-eyed sometimes not being out there. But I’m progressing.”
There doesn’t seem to be a specific timeline in place for Landry. The team has already waited eight months for the Achilles to heal, so it’s not clear when he’ll get the green light.
“We’re going to see what kind of shape he’s in, make sure that Achilles is healed before we practice him,” Shanahan said. “But again, he’s getting in shape, he’s getting some mental reps. When he’s ready to go, we’ll put him out there.”