The availability of strong safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) and linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) for the Washington Redskins‘ game against the Arizona Cardinals won’t be determined until Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan said. Both players, who are vital cogs in the Redskins‘ defense, were limited in practice all week.
“It’s possible,” Landry said. “I want to get out there, but we’ll see what happens [Saturday]. We’ve got 48 hours. From day to day it’s getting better.”
Landry, however, has not fully participated in a practice this season. He began training camp on the physically unable to perform list because of a sore left Achilles’ tendon.
Orakpo was injured on the first series of the win over New York last Sunday but he missed only two defensive snaps.
“Meds do a body wonders, and then the adrenaline gets going,” Orakpo said. “It’s just like basketball. You see a guy who rolls his ankle and he comes back in the game then all of a sudden when the game is over with, he’s like, ‘Ahhh, it hurts.’ But the adrenaline gets you going that day.”
Rob Jackson would start in Orakpo’s place if necessary.
Arizona defensive end Darnell Dockett, a product of Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md., has more than 65 tickets to Sunday’s game reserved for family and friends.
“I play in front of friends and family all the time,” Dockett said in a phone conversation this week. “But the biggest thing to me is being able to come home and play against a team that I have not beaten since I have been in the NFL. That’s a big challenge for me.”
“Yeah, right,” he said. His favorite teams were Dallas and Atlanta.
Torain ready to go
Running back Ryan Torain’s left hand, which he broke during training camp, is healed enough to where it would not keep him from playing, Shanahan said. Torain did not play in Sunday’s win over New York, while Tim Hightower averaged 2.9 yards on 25 carries.
Torain broke his hand in practice on Aug. 3 and had four screws inserted. He played in the last preseason game on Sept. 1.