Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe will return to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with knee and toe injuries. Meanwhile, starting strong safety LaRon Landry said he expects to play as well.
Atogwe practiced fully Wednesday without suffering a setback and was expected to practice Thursday.
“O.J. will play this week,” Haslett said of Atogwe. “We feel good about that. Just [being able] to see him at full speed….”
Atogwe signed with the Redskins as a free agent during the offseason and has started six of the team’s nine games (missing one with a knee injury and two more after aggravating the same knee and hurting his toe). He has recorded 28 tackles and an interception.
Landry said he will play Sunday despite missing Wednesday’s practice with soreness in his left Achilles’ tendon. Yesterday marked was the second straight Wednesday that Landry didn’t practice, but he said he was just playing it safe.
“As of right now, just precautionary. I feel comfortable about this week and going into this Sunday’s game. Worst case scenario, they’ve got [rookie DeJon Gomes] backing me up, and he’s been doing a phenomenal job. But I feel comfortable with myself and the gameplan.”