Washington Redskins starting strong safety LaRon Landry said that he isn’t overly concerned about his sore left Achilles’ tendon, and that he has scaled back his activity this week as a precautionary move.

Landry, who sat out Wednesday’s practice, missed the last seven weeks of the 2010 season with micro-tears in the same Achilles’ tendon but opted for alternative medicine treatments rather than surgery. He said on Thursday that he isn’t experiencing a full-blown flareup, and that he hopes to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

“Just a little sore. I think it’s just a little over-exertion,” said the fifth-year pro, who this season has 37 tackles and a forced fumble in six games. “A little ice, a little more treatment will help it. I think I’ll be ready for the game.”


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“Not at all. It’s just sore,” said Landry, who will hit the free agent market this offseason. “I don’t want it to get crippling so I’m taking care of now so hopefully I won’t have to miss any games. Just a little speed bump, a little caution sign. Take care of it right now so it won’t get too bad. [The soreness was caused] by me not doing my due diligence, I became comfortable with it and not maintaining, it got a little sorer than normal. I just need it to calm down so it doesn’t become a big deal, keep up with my treatments. It’s moreso what you do to it outside of work, different strength exercises, massages, ice and hot baths. Typical protocol for any strain or hurt tendon.”

Said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, “I think it’s just bothering him a little bit. I’m not sure where he is right now. We’ll see how it goes in the next couple days. I don’t think it’ll be an issue, though.”

When Landry succumbed to the injury last season – following Washington’s ninth game – he was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, and was the leading NFC Pro Bowl vote-getter at his position. Although roughly half a season remained, Landry at the time had put up numbers with 85 tackles – 10 shy of his career high for a single season – a sack, a forced fumble and an interception.

Landry this season has averaged roughly three fewer tackles per game than last year, but he dismisses the notion that last year’s Achilles, wrist and shoulder injuries have diminished his effectiveness.

“I try not to compete against myself because when you wind up competing with yourself, you wind up not playing the way you want to play,” Landry said with a smile. “I never really try to compete with myself. I critique myself game by game, practice by practice, play by play. But I don’t go, like, ‘Last year I would’ve done this.’ I don’t do that. It’s a lot of improvement to make each and every day. You can never be too great, never be perfect. You can try to be perfect on each and every technique. But you have to brush up on it all the time, and if you don’t, you’ll fall off.”