Mike Shanahan might be in Mobile, Ala. to coach the Senior Bowl’s South team, but that won’t stop the head coach from talking about the NFL club he’s guided to just 11 wins in his first two seasons in Washington.
After leading his crop of talented seniors through the group’s inaugural workout of Senior Bowl week on Monday, Shanahan was asked about the status of ailing free agent strong safety LaRon Landry.
“I haven’t talked to him,” Shanahan admitted. But it was the coach’s next comments about his star player that were particularly surprising.
“I just heard that he’s not going to have surgery [on his injured Achilles],” Shanahan said. “That’s the status right now. Hopefully that heals up and he’s ready to go.”
Landry has missed the second half of the each of the last two seasons because of a nagging Achilles tendon injury that has sidelined him for 15 of the Redskins’ last 32 games. After being placed on injured reserve with several weeks remaining in the 2011 season, the five-year veteran met with a renowned ankle doctor who suggested that he should have surgery.
Several weeks later, he still hasn’t.
When reached for comment via telephone, Landry stated that he hasn’t yet decided whether or not he is going to have surgery. He is currently undergoing a battery of procedures and treatments that he is hoping will heal him enough that he won’t have to be operated on.
He says he expects to make a decision on whether or not to be surgically repaired in the next six to eight weeks.
The last time Landry was completely healthy, for a nine-game stretch in early-2010, the LSU product played like an all-pro. A 220-pound recking-ball, Landry made 85 tackles and defended eight passes during those ten games, playing at a level that would have garnered him serious consideration for defensive player of the year had he not have gotten hurt.
Now he’s a free-agent to be who is going to have to try to convince the Redskins, or any other potential suitor, that he is healthy and ready to make an immediate impact in 2012. And perhaps more importantly, that he’ll be able to stay healthy for an entire season.