Reporting 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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