Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry called himself day-to-day and said that while his strained groin has shown improvement, he doesn’t yet know whether he will return to action Sunday against the visiting New England Patriots.

Landry, who missed Sunday’s game with the injury and sat out Wednesday’s practice, said he planned to test it out Thursday to get a better idea of how well it has healed.

The fifth-year pro -- playing in the final year of his contract and hampered all season by hamstring, Achilles’ tendon and now groin strains -- sounded determined not to rush back prematurely, however.

“I can only be true to myself, true to the team and true to the coaching staff,” said Landry, who this season has appeared in eight of the team’s 12 games and has recorded 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. “So if I’m not able to perform the way I’m capable of performing, then I won’t put myself out there, coach won’t put me out there. So I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

Earlier this season, coach Mike Shanahan elected to hold Landry out of a game against the Dallas Cowboys although the player strongly disagreed and wanted the chance to play.

Four weeks later, Landry appears resigned to the fact that in a hobbled state, he is not effective enough to make a real impact for the Redskins.

“Even though it’s frustrating, injuries, season alone, it’s just something you have to persevere and fight through,” the 6-foot, 220-pound Landry said. “If it’s not ready, it’s not ready. I just have to fight through it. Nobody’s 100 percent at this point in the season. But they wouldn’t have me out there, and plus I wouldn’t be out there hurting my teammates, if I’m not capable of playing.”

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