Update, 12:05 p.m.: The Redskins plan to place LaRon Landry on injured reserve, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Read more here.
Original post: Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday morning that the team will use rookie DeJon Gomes as the starting strong safety for the final three games of the season, raising the strong possibility that LaRon Landry’s season is over.
“Right now, we’re going to go with D.J. the rest of the way,” Haslett said. “That’s something we decided to do as a staff. And LaRon, he’s just got to get healthy.”
Landry has played only eight games this season while battling injuries to his Achilles, groin and hamstring. He has missed three of the past four games and hasn’t practiced in two weeks.
Landry also played only nine games in 2010 before going down with an Achilles injury. The lingering effects of that problem hampered him throughout training camp, and he missed the first two games of this year.
“Obviously he was a guy we were relying on to be back and be like he played the beginning of last year,” Haslett said. “I thought the first nine games, before he got hurt, he was as good a players in the NFL. Obviously, injuries have taken a toll on him. It’s just numerous injuries. It’s not just one. There all pulls here, a pull here, and Achilles. So obviously it’s taken a toll on him.
Landry was supposed to be paired with free agent Oshiomogho Atogwe as the last line of the Redskins’ defense. But Atogwe has appeared in only 10 games while battling a variety of injuries, too.
“I though those two would be kind of like Ryan Clark and Troy [Polamalu] in Pittsburgh,” Haslett said, “and it hasn’t worked out that way, obviously. But some things don’t work out. … Those things, we adapt to and you get better. But that’s one area we’ve got to make sure that we get some stability in the future.”
Gomes, 22, has played in 12 of the Redskins’ 13 games with two starts. A fifth-round draft pick from Nebraska, he was in on a season-high five tackles and had a pass break-up last week against New England.