While the Redskins finally know the definitive status of the safety position for the rest of this season — LaRon Landry out, Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes in, Oshiomogho Atogwe on the sidelines — the future of Washington’s defensive secondary is completely uncertain.
Landry, who will finish a second straight season on injured reserve, will be an unrestricted free agent. How he’s viewed in the market will largely hinge on the status of his Achilles post-surgery.
“We’ve got to find out exactly how serious it is,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “I don’t think we will know until he operates. It is not torn, but it’s been quite sore.”
Certainly, the Redskins know what Landry is capable of doing on the field. But like every team, as they determine whether he’s a part of Washington’s future, the Redskins will have to decide whether Landry can again play at a high level.
“Last year, in the first nine games that he played, he should’ve been player of the year — I think he would’ve been defensive player of the year,” Shanahan said. “But he hasn’t able to stay healthy. Hopefully he can get it fixed.”
“I think everybody will be taking a look at it — not just us — saying, ‘Hey, let’s look at the surgery, let’s take a look at what Dr. [Robert] Anderson says, how long the rehab will be, how long it will take to come back full-speed,’” Shanahan said. “I think everybody will make decisions then.”
Shanahan said he hasn’t decided what to do with Landry’s roster spot. The Redskins currently have only three safeties on the roster. Gomes will start at strong safety and Doughty at free safety Sunday against the Giants. Gomes is a rookie who’s suddenly getting some valuable game experience.
“We’ve had a chance to evaluate him a little bit,” Shanahan said, “and he’s played pretty good a for young guy. ...He’s been getting not only reps, but mental reps.”
Atogwe was one of the Redskins’ biggest free agent signings, but he’s been slowed by injuries all season. Shanahan said he’d still be available to play, if needed.
“I think he’s feeling a little bit better. He didn’t play a lot of snaps last game, but he did look better than he did before,” Shanahan said. “So he looks like he’s healing. So hopefully in an emergency -- I shouldn’t say in an emergency, hopefully, he gets to play some snaps against the Giants, and hopefully we see him play at a high level.”