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Brother's On-Field Injury Frightens Landry

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

LaRon Landry's thoughts and prayers were with his brother, Dawan, a safety with the Baltimore Ravens, yesterday.

Dawan Landry was carted off the field Sunday with what at first appeared to be a serious injury during Baltimore's home game with Cleveland. Landry was hit on the head by Jamal Lewis's knee and lay motionless on the field for a while as attendants removed his face mask and strapped him to a board. A CT scan and X-rays showed that Landry was all right, the Ravens said.

He spent the night in the hospital and was released yesterday after tests on his spinal cord were normal, the Associated Press reported. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that Dawan Landry had a spinal cord concussion and would wear a cervical collar for at least a week, and "it won't be too many weeks" before he can play.

LaRon Landry learned of the injury after the Redskins beat Arizona. LaRon, the younger brother, said he was always the one getting banged up as a kid, so it was strange for him to see his older brother injured.

"It hurt for me to see him like that," he said. "I was very scared. I didn't know what happened."

Heyer Could Miss Game

Starting right tackle Stephon Heyer could miss this weekend's game at Dallas after injuring his shoulder against Arizona. Heyer left Sunday's game briefly, then came back to play after former starter Jon Jansen had taken his place.

Jansen could start Sunday, according to Coach Jim Zorn. Heyer would have to practice by Thursday to play, Zorn said.

Portis Pays Tribute

Running back Clinton Portis parked his burgundy Toyota pickup truck at Redskins Park yesterday with a unique new paint job that served as a tribute to Sean Taylor, the Redskins safety who was fatally shot at his Florida home last year. The truck has a portrait of Taylor, wearing a bandana around his head, on the back tailgate with the inscriptions "4-1-83," Taylor's date of birth, and "11-27-07," the day he died.

Portis, like Taylor, went to the University of Miami, and they were particularly close. He declined to comment on the paint job, but he parked it in the spot reserved for special teams standout Rock Cartwright.

"It was just a nice thing for Clinton to do," Cartwright said. "Sean's always going to be a part of what we do here, and Clinton was just showing him respect."

Staff writer Barry Svrluga contributed to this report.

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