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Wade, Heyer Will Miss 2 Weeks, Testing Depth

Stephon Heyer stretched his right medial collateral ligament on Sunday against the Colts. Fellow reserve tackle Todd Wade suffered a sprained ankle during the game.
Stephon Heyer stretched his right medial collateral ligament on Sunday against the Colts. Fellow reserve tackle Todd Wade suffered a sprained ankle during the game. (By Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)
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By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Reserve tackles Todd Wade and Stephon Heyer will each miss at least two weeks with injuries they suffered in the Washington Redskins' first preseason game Sunday, leaving the team with few veterans available at that position.

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The starting offensive line is likely to play only a series or two in the preseason home opener Saturday night, leaving inexperienced tackles responsible for the health of the backup quarterbacks.

Wade has a high-ankle sprain, and "they are not an easy heal," Coach Jim Zorn said. Heyer stretched the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the game, an injury that will require rest but not surgery. Neither was on the field for yesterday's practice sessions, and they are expected to miss at least the next two preseason games.

Rookie lineman Chad Rinehart, who had been splitting time at guard and tackle, now becomes the second-team left tackle, Zorn said, while second-year tackle Tavares Washington is in line for significant playing time.

Jason Fabini, who spent much of his 11-year career at tackle before moving to guard last season, is not likely to play tackle in the preseason, Zorn said.

"I think we'd like to keep Fabini where he is and put the young tackles in there," Zorn said.

Landry 'Frustrated' by Injury

Still unable to participate in full drills because of his injured left hamstring, safety LaRon Landry said he is "just really frustrated right now."

Landry, who has been slowed since early in camp, had planned to resume taking reps with the first-team defense yesterday. But Landry was unable to move freely while working individually with trainers.

"If I want to push on it or really get after it running, I'm really not feeling it mentally," Landry said. "It's actually both. It's physical and mental.

"Physically, I'm about 80 percent. Mentally, I'm just not ready. When I feel that pain, I know I have to shut it down because I know how bad it would be if I pulled it."

Landry, who shifted from strong safety to free safety late last season, said he would need to play at least four full quarters in the preseason to feel prepared to start the Sept. 4 opener against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

"I need at least a game under my belt to get that feel," he said. "I don't want to come in that first game and I'm still trying to get my feel for what I want to do and how I want to maneuver out there.


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