LaRon Landry Explains Why He Doesn’t Want to Have Achilles Surgery

by Grant Paulsen

Redskins’ safety LaRon Landry is spending a second straight offseason attempting to recover from an Achilles injury that landed him on season-ending Injured Reserve in each of his last two season’s with the Washington Redskins.

Landry — who has missed 16 of the Redskins’ last 33 games after playing in 47 consecutive games to begin his career  — rarely speaks publicly about the procedures he’s undergoing to try to rehabilitate his Achilles. But the 27-year-old, sixth-year, safety took part in a telephone interview with 106.7 The Fan late Thursday night. During the conversation Landry explained why he has avoided having the reconstructive Achilles surgery he was advised to have.

“It’s brutal,” Landry said. “It’s like a roller coaster. A major surgery is quite hard. You’re changing the structure of your body and trying to correct it. Recovery time is crucial, rehab is crucial and you sometimes lose range-of-motion and lose strength. The strength will eventually come, but as far as range of motion — you might not get the same thing that you had before. I don’t want that.”

Instead the 6-foot, 220-pound, strong safety is undergoing P.R.P (platelet rich plasma) Therapy and a stem cell procedure that he thinks will better allow him to rehabilitate his injury and recover faster.

“I don’t want to get into detail about all the procedures,” Landry said. “The P.R.P, basically you use your own blood and then they spin it to make it plasma and they just re-inject it back into the injury where you have discomfort. It gives you an opportunity for your body to take its natural course to heal instead of going in and trying to fix it.”

Landry says many athletes have undergone the procedures that he’s hoping cure the Achilles ailments that have limited him to nine and eight games over the past two seasons respectively. But the Redskins haven’t endorsed the treatments this offseason. In fact, Landry has said he is paying for the procedures on his own.

“I’m not going to try to make it controversial,” Landry said. “I’m going to do whatever I need to do to play at a high level no matter what. It’s my body, I’m going to do what I think is right.”

The sixth pick in the 2007 draft, Landry also said that despite the disagreements on his treatment, his hope is to re-sign with the Redskins this offseason.

“I love the organization, even [with] what’s going on now, but I love the fans, I just love being a Washingtonian,” Landry said. “I definitely want to finish what I started because I feel like I’ve got a lot more to show for my fans and the organization.”

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  • Mark O'Brien

    He is never going to make it through a full season unless he gets surgery.
    We should let him go and move on. We have enough issues we dont need to
    keep another one

    • Tae

      Blah blah blah He will be just another Redskin that gets released to become a star somewhere else.

  • felixfrijoles

    I will give Landry a pass for last offseason….but it reaches a point where the advice of the team doctors should be heeded.

    The Redskins (or any NFL team) will be paying a large amount of money for him to play and if he is a high risk for re-injury by not getting the surgery he should play on an incentive-based contract.

    His body is his own….but we have seen many athletes be stubborn about getting assistance with their injuries or heeding the warnings of their doctors. By him delaying the surgery over and over……Its just not fair to the team

  • Frank A. Lewis Jr.

    Redskins and Landry need to bury the hatchet and use on oppossing footbal team landry is a strength not a liability you both need to seek aditional opinion medical truth cannot be denied i have cancer so stop crying and do what is right

  • bigrog6395

    Welcome to the Jets Laron, now get the damn surgery already!!

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