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Posted at 3:06 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Injuries limit Redskins practice

By Barry Svrluga

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said the team has significant concerns about strong safety LaRon Landry's lingering Achilles' tendon injury, a problem that kept him out of last week's win at Tennessee and almost certainly will force him out again Sunday against Minnesota.

Asked whether he was worried that Landry's injury is bad enough that he could miss the rest of the year, Shanahan said: "You never know for sure. There's always a concern."

Landry was one of several Redskins who did not participate in Wednesday's abbreviated practice session, one in which the offense worked against other offensive players and the defense went against other defenders because there were so few bodies. Landry, in the midst of his best season as a pro, is wearing a walking boot and did not attend the practice.

"We really have no choice but to rest it, because it's inflamed and he can't run," Shanahan said. "He's in too much pain. There's nothing you can do to play with it relative to any type of shots or anything like that, so you have to play through the pain, and then if you play through that pain there's a chance of rupturing the Achilles, and we don't want to do that. So right now, he's in a boot, getting a lot of treatment, so hopefully it gets a little bit better."

Several other Redskins didn't practice or were limited Wednesday, including linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), Rocky McIntosh (groin) and running back Ryan Torain (hamstring), who took no reps. Offensive linemen Casey Rabach (knee), Artis Hicks (groin and thigh) and Derrick Dockery (knee) are all trying to work through their injuries, but Shanahan said it was too early to tell whether they'd be able to play against Minnesota Sunday.

"I think I'll get a better indication [Thursday] when we have some type of full-speed practice, get a feel where they're at," Shanahan said. "But right now I couldn't tell you for sure."

Normally at a Wednesday practice, the first offense works against the defense, and vice versa. Shanahan said, given all the injuries, he had no choice but to run a session at about three-quarter speed.

"I think we needed it," Shanahan said. "Any time you're down as many players as we're down, if you had a normal practice, you wouldn't even be able to function on game day. ...My experience is to get as many reps with your game plan, but don't overdo it."

By Barry Svrluga  | November 24, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
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