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For Redskins, there are no numbers at safety

With safety Reed Doughty on the injured-reserve list and safety LaRon Landry questionable, who's going to be available to play safety Sunday in San Diego?

"Me and Steve Jackson," secondary coach Jerry Gray joked about him and the Redskins' safeties' coach. Gray and Jackson each played nine years in the league, but it's not likely either will be ready to put on a helmet Sunday. It's okay; Gray says the Redskins have a plan in case Landry isn't able to play.

"We've kind of cross-trained Fred Smoot back in training camp," Gray said. "So Fred will do some things that we did with Shawn Springs last year -- give us a chance to put another guy on the field who can cover, play back deep, do some of those things and hopefully it works out."

Kareem Moore will replace Doughty at free safety.

Landry missed practice Wednesday and was sent home early. Coach Jim Zorn said he thought Landry suffered a minor concussion. Asked how he's doing today, Gray said Landry is "still a little iffy."

Landry has started every game - 47 in all - since the Redskins selected him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

"With all the stuff with the concussions this year, you've got to be careful with that," Gray said. "LaRon is a very good player, and we know he's going to be champing at the bit to play on Sunday. But you have to be real careful with that because you don't know what the lingering effects are going to be."

By Rick Maese  |  December 31, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

First to say don't cut LL, just move him to SS where he's actually a good player.

Posted by: REXskins | December 31, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Sit LaRon & get him ready for next season.

Posted by: phk28 | December 31, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sit LaRon & get him ready for next season.

Posted by: phk28 | December 31, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will not sign Campbell, makes no sense for either him or the team. But they will extend him a minimum tender offer and then he gets to see what the market will bear.

There are 2-3 teams that might be interested in him. He is an affordable QB for the short term.

Worst case as I see it he is either back for a good $$ value or we get a 2nd or 3rd round pick and maybe a 4th for him.

Also, I would not be suprised to see at least two other playes get moved for picks before draft day.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:25 PM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

LaRon to strong safety or maybe even linebacker, REX. Definitely not FS, though, unless he can learn how to play that position.

Oh, and ...

*beep beep*
new post

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Since we are talking safety, assuming they are not ready to give up on Landry, he has to permanently move to SS next year to minimize his exposure in coverage. I haven't seen enough of Moore to say for certain, but I think it's apparent that our current guys at that position are not "playmakers" and generally lack top-notch coverage skills.

Adding a true ballhawk at that position would be a boon to the secondary, IMO... I have my eye on Nate Allen (South Florida) as a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick (realizing we don't currently picks at those positions, but could aquire one via trades).

Or there is the guy from Green Bay if we decide to go for a big FA signing, but personally I've lost my taste for those...

Posted by: PDXskin | December 31, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Coach Jim Zorn said he thought Landry suffered a minor concussion. Asked how he's doing today, Gray said Landry is "still a little iffy."

Must resist joke...ok it passed

Sit him.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 31, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

So why not just trade Landry as a sweetener with another player for a player and a pick or a really nice pick...?

Somebody will take him.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | December 31, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Landry missed practice Wednesday and was sent home early. Coach Jim Zorn said he thought Landry suffered a minor concussion. Asked how he's doing today, Gray said Landry is "still a little iffy."

Perhaps he should be made to wait out practice in a nearby electrical closet.

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 31, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Skins should keep LL, but just move him to his natural position of SS. I like A LOT the idea of getting Mike Zimmer from Cincy as new DC. He runs a 4-3 and knows how to use someone with LL's skills (SS/WLB hybrid who plays great around line of scrimmage but struggles in pass coverage) ... see how he used Roy Williams early in his career in Big D.

I would like to see Kareem Moore in FS position all Sun to see what they really have in him. If he is not good enough, draft a FS in April or pick up a quality vet in offseason, OR move DHall to that position.

Posted by: gilk | December 31, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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