Redskins Notebook

Landry Plans to Play in Opener

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By Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Despite sitting out the preseason because of a strained left hamstring, Washington Redskins free safety LaRon Landry said he plans to start in the season opener Sept. 4 against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

"Oh yeah, definitely," Landry said yesterday. "That's what I'm working on right now, just getting ready for the opener."

After doing rehab and individual work for weeks, Landry resumed working with the defense Monday. Although the Redskins permitted Landry to participate in only a couple of reps before taking breaks, he said he was pleased about his increased workload.

Landry said his hamstring still has not healed enough for the Redskins to clear him to play in tomorrow's final preseason game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field, but that he is confident he will be ready for the regular season.

"That's the only thing I'm working on now," said Landry, whose injury occurred during drills early in training camp. "I'm back going through practice as if I was playing in the preseason, and I'm not playing. I'm trying to get the mental reps and the physical reps to get my footing down. I'm trying to get down everything I need to do to get ready for the opener.

"I didn't want to prolong this. I didn't want to come out for the first time Sunday or Monday, or whenever our first practice for the Giants is, and try to give it everything. I want to test it out right now. I want to prepare myself for how it's going to feel."

The injury has healed significantly in the past week, and "the hamstring feels good," Landry said, "but it's still kind of a mental thing because I know how it felt when I injured it.

"I'm going to keep going back out there, that's what I have to do, but I don't want to push it to the limit and think I'm going to re-injure it. I think it's strong enough, but I need to get over that mental phase. I'm going to try to play."

Said Coach Jim Zorn: "The guy that I'm . . . hoping can go is LaRon Landry. He practiced today as well so we'll see what happens."

Kelly Expected to Play

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who has not played this preseason because of a hamstring injury and knee surgery, is expected to make his pro debut tomorrow, Zorn said.

"I thought Malcolm Kelly stepped it up a little bit for me today, and I could see a little burst," Zorn said. "I think he was excited about it, and we'll find out after practice here how his knee held up, and that could happen for us."

Kelly missed the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury and underwent knee surgery Aug. 4. Zorn had said the second-round pick had not yet shown the burst needed to play. But yesterday, Kelly said he felt ready to get back out on the field.

"When you have surgery and you have to rehab it, you're so used to it hurting you get back out there and you're hesitant about some things," he said. "Once I tell myself I'm good, I'm rolling, [and] I'm getting it back now."

Kelly said he expects to play several series tomorrow.

"I don't know the amount of reps, but I'm going to get some plays under my belt," he said. "It'll be a few plays, it's not just going in and coming back out. So I'll be out there for a few series, and we'll see how it works." . . .

The Redskins released former Maryland tight end Jason Goode, who has turf toe, and signed linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler, whom they had released Aug. 4.

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