Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that there still is no timetable for the returns of injured safeties LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore, who have spent all of training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Landry is still working his way back from a strained Achilles’ tendon that forced him out of seven games last season, and Moore still isn’t fully recovered from two knee surgeries over a five-month span.
“They’re both trying to get healthy, but they’re not healthy enough to play,” Shanahan said. “When we feel like they’re able to play, we’ll take them off P.U.P. and get them some competition and get them ready to play.”
Both safeties have been working on the side with trainers during practice, running through an array of agility and strength drills.
Landry appears to be the closer of the two to returning to action. He said Wednesday that while there is no official timeline, he hopes to try to practice next week.
“It’s coming closer and closer to that time. I’m going to try to get out there in the next week or so,” said Landry, who had micro-tears in the Achilles, but opted for shockwave therapy and platelet enrichment treatments rather than surgery.
“It feels great. Feels like it’s getting stronger and in my mind, I don’t have that, ‘Will I hurt it?’ kind of hesitant type of deal. … I’m going to try to get at least two preseason games in, come back to practice in the next week or two. I don’t want to go out there Sept. 11 for the first time.”
Moore also believes he is making progress, but still feels soreness and a lack of strength in his knee. The Redskins this offseason added free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who is expected to start. But Moore had hoped to challenge him, or at least cement his spot as the team’s top backup and as a strong special teams contributor.
Instead, he doesn’t know when he will return.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Moore, who played in 12 games and recorded 64 tackles, but ended last season on injured reserve. “I just want to get back out there. Having that bitter taste from last year and not being able to finish the season, and not playing like I thought I could play. But I want to make sure I’m 100 percent and then I’ll just go out there and ball.”
Moore said Shanahan has told him to be sure he doesn’t rush back to action this year. Last season, he tore his meniscus in the third preseason game but was back on the field in Week 3 of the regular season. He never was fully healthy or effective, and in January had to have a second surgery done on the same knee.
“Yeah, it’s more pressure [because of Atogwe’s addition], but I have to be smart,” Moore said. “Ain’t no need to be out there if you can’t do your best. … Coach Shanahan said, ‘Make sure you do it right.’ Last year, I didn’t. I want to do it the right way so I can have a long career.”