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Should we be worried about LaRon Landry’s injuries?

Question for the Redskins faithful: am I the only one out there worried about nagging & lingering injury issues with LaRon Landry, as we head into the 2011 season?

For those of you who don’t remember: Landry injured his Achilles tendon last season, in the Monday Night slaughter against Philadelphia last year (a game I try my best to block out – totally – from my memory). The coaching staff put him in a boot for a few weeks, to see how the injury would respond, and then basically shut him down for the remainder of the 2010 season, making sure the injury wouldn’t get worse while the Redskins were well out of the playoff race.

To any fan of this team, that injury was heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time, because 2010 was basically the first season where you really saw turn into the game-altering punisher that he was drafted to be. You talked more about him making game-changing plays (like his interception in overtime last year, against Green Bay) and vicious, momentum-altering hits, as opposed to trash-talking an opposing receiver after he burned Landry for a 30+ yard reception. Halfway through last year, there wasn’t a Safety, except for maybe guys whose names end “Polamalu” or “Reed”, that I wouldve taken over Landry. And it’s not just me; Peter King from Sports Illustrated stated that Landry should legitimately be considered in midseason defensive MVP talk.

Even with the entire offseason providing time for him to rest and recover from the injury, Landry started this year’s abbreviated training camp on the “Physically Unable to Perform” (aka PUP) list. He missed the preseason opener against Pittsburgh, but appeared ready to go against Indianapolis. So what happens? He pulls his right hamstring doing springs in warmups before the game started. So instead of having just a bad wheel, he’s also banged up an axle too. The hamstring injury kept him out of the game versus Baltimore, and will do the same for Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa Bay.

Landry could’ve really used some reps in practice to fully test out the Achilles, especially see how it reacts to a full-speed session, and it doesnt look like he’s going to get that until the first week of September, at the earliest. He’s adamant that he’s going to be in the starting lineup for the season opener against the Giants, but now he’s got to worry about how his Achilles will hold up, as well as whether he’s going aggravate the hamstring as well. Hamstring injuries are one of those nasty injuries where if you pull that muscle, it just gets easier and easier to pull again; and for anyone who’s ever pulled a hamstring, you know just how debilitating it can be. You literally feel like someone is prodding you with something sharp, with each step you take (and that’s just when you’re walking).

The Redskins really don’t have a whole lot of game-altering players on this very workman-like roster that Shanahan has constructed. Outside of maybe Brian Orakpo, there’s no single player on the team right now that has the ability to change the outcome of a game almost singlehandedly. Landry is one of those guys. I hate when people use cliche’s, but he really is a “freak” in his own right. Did anyone else see him, standing on the sideline last Thursday in the game against Baltimore? He is quite simply “jacked,” as the kids like to say. For someone that athletic and fast, he’s ridiculously built and impossibly cut. He doesn’t look like a strong safety; he looks like Ivan Drago from Rocky 3.

The faster the Redskins can get Landry back on the field, the better their team automatically becomes. It’s going to take Landry a few weeks to get the mental and physical “rust” off of him, considering he hasn’t been able to take any snaps in even a practice situation, let alone an actual game situation. And considering the Redskins the first five opponents are the Giants (whom they haven’t beaten since 2007), the Cardinals (who are going to be a lot better with Kevin Kolb at quarterback), at the Cowboys (they haven’t beaten in Dallas since 2007), at the Rams (a team ready to break out in 2011), and the Eagles (does something about a “dream team” ring a bell to anyone?), let’s just hope that time-table for recovery is sooner rather than later.

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One Response to “Should we be worried about LaRon Landry’s injuries?”

  1. 007 says:

    So who doesn’t make the cut now with 20 to go?


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