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LaRon Landry placed on injured reserve for second consecutive season

In a move that should surprise absolutely no Redskins fan, and likely should’ve taken place several weeks ago (if not longer), the Redskins have placed safety LaRon Landry on injured reserve (IR) for the second consecutive year, effectively ending his injury-plaged 2011 season.

Landry’s injury to his Achilles tendon, which he suffered in 2010 and forced the first stint on IR, never really seemed to improve at any point during the 2011 season. He was held out for a majority of training camp, and even after he claimed the Achilles was fine (as he nursed his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in the 2011 preseason), it was painfully apparent that he was nowhere near the same player during the few plays that he actually did participate in this season. He’ll likely have surgery to fix the issue in the offseason, after visiting with a specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina this past week.

Rookie safety DeJon Gomes will start in Landry’s place for the remainder of the season, according to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Now, the proverbial 64 thousand dollar question is whether the Redskins will bring back Landry for 2012 (and beyond), given this injury, as well as the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

While the injury will likely scare off a few potential suitors, few will forget that Landry was one of the most dominant safeties during the middle of the 2010 season. It shouldn’t surpirse anyone if a team throws some type of incentive-laden contract at him in the offseason, hoping to snag one of the league’s fiercest hitters.

Landry was the team’s top draft pick in the 2006 draft, out of LSU.

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