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LaRon Landry sidelined by sore Achilles’ tendon

Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry missed practice on Wednesday because of a sore left Achilles’ tendon. It’s the same Achilles that forced Landry to miss the final seven weeks of last season and kept him from earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Asked when Landry suffered the setback, coach Mike Shanahan said, “It was sore today, so we kept him out [of practice]. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Last season, Landry had posted 85 tackles, an interception, a sack and a forced fumble in nine weeks of action, often playing with the strained Achilles. Finally it became difficult for him to even walk without pain.

Landry, who ended the year on the injured reserve list, elected not to have surgery on the tendon, which he said doctors told him had several micro-tears in it. Instead he had shockwave and platelet-rich plasma treatments and said he had returned to full strength.

Landry spent all of training camp and the preseason on the physically unable to perform list, then missed the first two games of the season as he worked his way back into shape.

The fifth-year pro, who is playing in the final year of his contract, has 37 tackles, a forced fumble and half a sack in six games.

Other injured players who did not practice for the Redskins were Jammal Brown (groin), Oshiomogho Atogwe (toe, knee) Markus White (illness), Niles Paul (toe), Keyaron Fox (knee, skin infection) and Santana Moss (hand).

Asked about Brown, who left Sunday’s game with an injured left groin, Shanahan said, “With a groin, you just don’t know. Jammal’s usually a pretty tough guy, and when he misses plays during a game, you know it’s fairly serious, because he normally doesn’t miss plays.”

Shanahan said Paul and Moss already have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Players practicing fully despite injury were tight end Fred Davis (ankle), left tackle Trent Williams (ankle), running back Tashard Choice (hamstring), safety Reed Doughty (chest) and defensive end Kedric Golston (elbow).

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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