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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Mike Shanahan buoyed by LaRon Landry's improving health

By Jason Reid

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he is encouraged about the possibility of strong safety LaRon Landry, sidelined for weeks by an Achilles' tendon strain, returning to practice this week.

"I've had a talk with LaRon, and he's gonna give it a shot this week," Shanahan said. "He's out of his [walking] boot. Hopefully, he can help us this week."

Among the NFL's top defensive players through the first nine weeks, Landry has sat out the past three games because of the injury. Landry also is eager to return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.

Despite missing several games recently, Landry ranks 19th in the league with 66 unassisted tackles and 22nd with 85 combined tackles.

By Jason Reid  | December 6, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  LaRon Landry  
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Comments

What about his conditioning? What if he get sick? What if he can't practice Friday but does practice Thursday?

Posted by: bangkokben | December 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

not sure the reward is worth the risk, if he tears that thing....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Just making an appearance to keep his Pro Bowl hopes alive.

Individual honors and lots of exta money.

Hope he stays healthy.

Could be good trade bait.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

not sure the reward is worth the risk, if he tears that thing....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This is why you pay a medical staff...

Doubt it's solely up to Landry to decide if he's ready.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Czest, I agree Campbell looks that much better than last year, Deja vu.

And, the Raiders run a lot of similar plays to us. You mentioned the play actions (they have a running game), an they run bootlegs, and they appear to look deep as first read often. So, JC couldve run shannys O given the chance.

Aw well, they're .500, young, and in 2nd place

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Any more wins this year will just assure that we won't be able to get the lineman or RB that we néed to protect 5

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

So I guess if we still had DT, JC, Lloyd, Antonio Pierce (who we all love), Ty Tryon, Ladell Betts and Marko Mitchell we'd be looking toward home field advantage?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Just making an appearance to keep his Pro Bowl hopes alive.

Individual honors and lots of exta money.

Hope he stays healthy.

Could be good trade bait.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse
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Why would you want to dangle Landry as trade bait? If he really is finally living up to his potential this year, like he appeared to be before he got hurt, I want him to be a part of this team for a long time. A top-performing Landry should be one of the cornerstones of a hypothetical rebuilt team, not trade bait. We don't have too many high performing, high draft pick young guys.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This is why you pay a medical staff...

Doubt it's solely up to Landry to decide if he's ready.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 6, 2010 4:33 PM

So far, the med staff (or Dr Shanahan) has been wrong about Torrain and wrong about Portis.

If Landry tears that thing, he'll be out next season.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

If Landry tears that thing, he'll be out next season.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 4:40 PM

And quite possibly only 85-90% of what he ever was...

It's too late coach. Sit him.

Posted by: edvar | December 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

So far, the med staff (or Dr Shanahan) has been wrong about Torrain and wrong about Portis.

If Landry tears that thing, he'll be out next season.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

By your logic none of the players should leave the house in the morning. Any of them could get injured at any point during the game, that is the nature of football.

I would hope the org. evaluates the risk/reward and communicates that with LL. You seem to think there is no process in place.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

We don't have too many high performing, high draft pick young guys.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse
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Vic1 subscribes to "The Bird-in-Hand Skeptic", as well as "The Grass is Greener Monitor", and the "Jason Blows Courant".

This was the guy with the Dear Diary posts earlier this year where he literally had to stop himself from typing *giggles* when they traded JC. He's that guy.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

PPStr8,
if the medical staff can IR MK11 at the beginning of the season for bad hammies, they can IR LL at the end of a lost season for a tweaked Achilles that has already kept him out for 3 weeks.

It's not that I don't think there's a process in place... it's that the track record of that process isn't very good.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

PPStr8,
if the medical staff can IR MK11 at the beginning of the season for bad hammies, they can IR LL at the end of a lost season for a tweaked Achilles that has already kept him out for 3 weeks.

It's not that I don't think there's a process in place... it's that the track record of that process isn't very good.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

In the case of Malcolm, the team decided IR was preferable to cutting him.

As far as track record see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias

Number of issues with coach just calling season a loss and starting down this path you're suggesting. To name a few. Lose ability to seriously evaluate what you have. Can't expect effort out of players.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess add to the Redskins' problems a serious lack of security around safeguarding the details of their players' health.

I don't see how else so many RI posters could take time off from their lucrative medical practices to offer informed opinions on whether or not Landry is healthy enough to return to the lineup.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how else so many RI posters could take time off from their lucrative medical practices to offer informed opinions on whether or not Landry is healthy enough to return to the lineup.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 6, 2010 5:17 PM

Well, a definitive opinion from Dr. Freakzilla would probably settle it and we could all go back to treating paying patients. So, what say you?

Posted by: beep-beep | December 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

It's too late coach. Sit him (L Landry).


Agreed.

But LL wants the kind of payday that comes from being in the Pro Bowl and meeting other marks.

Question: Why not sit him while promising to re-do his deal so he gets paid and rested at the same time?

Re-upping LaRon Landry now would be much cheaper than later, wouldn't it?

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Am I nuts or did pabrian just say something positive about Mike Shanahan?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty |

Yes to both. Next question.

Posted by: TheCork | December 6, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe,
Funny thing, but I think CR22 is RESISTING coming back quickly because he's in his option year and doesn't want to put highlights of himself with less than 100% hammies on film... bad for negotiations, I suppose.

Different motivations for him and LL.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

We don't have too many high performing, high draft pick young guys.


Kinda, sorta, maybe.

But your point about the lack of standout young players is well made.

If we are going to turn this redskin thing around, we need an infusion of young'ns who play well beyond their years.

Times like these test the soul of an NFL team's draft department.

I mean, can Bruce Allen find more than just the occasional diamond in the rough?

We whine about Shanahan's short-comings, perhaps it's time for the talent acquisition people to 'step -up' and secure a few unknowns who help change the team's dismal fortunes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

We don't have too many high performing, high draft pick young guys.


Kinda, sorta, maybe.

But your point about the lack of standout young players is well made.

If we are going to turn this redskin thing around, we need an infusion of young'ns who play well beyond their years.

Times like these test the soul of an NFL team's draft department.

I mean, can Bruce Allen find more than just the occasional diamond in the rough?

We whine about Shanahan's short-comings, but perhaps it's time for the talent acquisition people to 'step -up' and secure a few unknowns next Spring who help change the team's dismal fortunes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I have a question for you Ashburn insiders - in today's CBA, what determines if a team whose player signed away is rewarded with a compensatory pick?

The reason I ask is that it could make for some interesting calculus on Albert. Specifically, I understand that the Redskins have the option to get out of 2011 Albert payments / out of contract, specifically I think because of missing OTAs or something.

But if they do so, and another team signs him, do the Redskins get a compensatory? Or is voiding his deal effectively severing ties (like a waiver) such that he is not counted for comp picks.

Assuming for the moment that they do get a pick, the Redskins would probably be better off getting value in this way - specifically, if Al plays/starts 16 games for another team, the Redskins would get 3rd/4th for him probably, instead of the 5th/6th they get for a 2011 trade or the zero they get for waiving him. Experts, feel free to weigh in.

Posted by: zornskins2 | December 6, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why would you want to dangle Landry as trade bait? If he really is finally living up to his potential this year, like he appeared to be before he got hurt, I want him to be a part of this team for a long time. A top-performing Landry should be one of the cornerstones of a hypothetical rebuilt team, not trade bait. We don't have too many high performing, high draft pick young guys.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Appreciate what you're saying but look at the team. Four wins last year. Probably no more than 5 or 6 this year.

And if you're the GM of another team -- who or what exactly would you offer for anyone on this roster? I would submit it is a very short list of players here who would generate much interest.

And as much as I like Landry's style of play when he's healthy -- he's one of those select few players here who might actually generate some trade interest, and some much needed draft picks to finally start fixing years of neglect.

I think a lot of folks would agree that it's time to the other posters already said its time to blow up the roster and start anew. And yes, that might even include trading a couple of our better players away -- especially if it brings in some building blocks to the future.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 6, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

There is no way Shanahan is blowing up the team. If that was his mind set he would have started last year instead of trading picks for players. So for better or worse, the core (such as it is, aging etc.) is what they have to work from.

Posted by: zornskins2 | December 6, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I texted "Redskins" to 98999 to get breaking news on the Redskins. Now I get a text at the start of every game telling me the Redskins are broken.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 7, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

"I can't imagine what you're thinking if you're a Redskins fan today. Maybe this: Is it really possible that we traded Cerrato, Zorn and Campbell for Allen, Shanahan and McNabb ... and got worse?"

Peter King MMQ

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/12/05/monday-morning-qb-week-13/index.html#ixzz17QIeG59J

Posted by: AbuColetrane | December 7, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

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