Landry injured his Achilles’ tendon midway through last season, and the Redskins had to place him on injured reserves late in the year. Nearly eight months have passed and coaches are still wary about letting him go full speed. Shanahan said the lockout certainly didn’t help matters. Landry, like all players, was barred from the team facility and unable to meet with trainers and rehab under their watchful eyes. So the Redskins now have to monitor Landry closely these first few days of camp.
“Any time a guy has an Achilles’ [injury] and he’s not able to go through rehab with your organization, you feel like there is going to be a setback,” Shanahan said.
For now, Landry is listed on the physically-unable-to-perform (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.”
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 finally get the green light.
“I’m not worried about LaRon,” Haslett said. “LaRon would do anything to play football.”
Though players aren’t expected to put on pads for several more days and have only limited physically contact, Landry isn’t the only injury concern. Linebacker Robert Henson and safety Kareem Moore are both recovering from knee surgeries and are on the PUP list. And rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had to sit out Saturday morning’s practice after suffering a bone bruise on the first day of camp.
Kerrigan, the team’s first-round pick out of Purdue, said he felt better Saturday morning but wasn’t certain when he’d return to practicing with his teammates.
“We’re just going to take it day by day and see how I respond,” Kerrigan said.
Because of the lockout, Kerrigan didn’t have the benefit of offseason workouts or minicamps to learn the defense. Compounding matters, he’s moving from defensive end to linebacker, so he must learn a new position in just a few weeks. Every practice in camp is important and coaches are eager to see him going full speed.
“Hopefully, it won’t be long before he can get back and practice,” Shanahan said. “But you’ve got a bone bruise. When you got a bone bruise, you have to wait for it to heal. Will it be one or two days? Will it be five days? I don’t know.”