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Landry expects to miss Redskins’ opener; apologizes for critical tweets
Question of the Day
Strong safety LaRon Landry expects to miss the Washington Redskins‘ season opener on Sunday after recently aggravating his strained right hamstring, a setback that has caused some friction between Landry and the Redskins‘ training staff.
Landry twice has expressed his frustration with team trainers on his Twitter account since Saturday.
On Saturday, Landry wrote: “Dont u hate when u absolutely know something 200% and [expletive] still do the opposite of what u tell them!!! Set backs [expletive]!!!”
Then on Tuesday he wrote: “Uuuhhh oooo it ain’t my fault…blame the genius circus staff for the rush. wouldve been there 2wks ago. Im [sorry] but saga [continues]”
Tuesday’s tweet was deleted within minutes of being posted. He has since talked with head athletic trainer Larry Hess.
“It wasn’t the best communication we had; it wasn’t a good conversation,” Landry told reporters Wednesday. “We talked today. We’ll get past it.”
Landry continued: “Just a little frustrated with the injury. It was all my fault. It was unprofessional. I take full blame for it. Just a little frustration coming out. I’m ready to play; it’s been a while. Hopefully you understand where I’m coming from.”
Hess was not available for comment.
Coach Mike Shanahan discussed the matter with Landry and told reporters he feels “very good” about how the training staff has handled him. He said it’s up to the player to determine when he is ready to return from an injury.
Landry is the latest Redskin to suffer a setback while coming back from an injury. Running back Ryan Torain aggravated his injured hamstring in pregame warmups before the Monday night game against Philadelphia last season. Receiver Malcolm Kelly reinjured his hamstring on the first day of 2010 training camp. Clinton Portis, Carlos Rogers and Kareem Moore also came back from injuries last season only to be sidelined again.
“Sometimes if a guy is really competitive and he wants to get out there, he comes back a little bit quicker than he should,” he said. “Only that player knows his body for sure. These trainers do a great job of trying to work with him. But a guy has got to know his body.
Asked about his status for the game, he said: “As of now, yeah. It looks like I’m going to miss it.”
He strained his hamstring Aug. 19 while running before the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. Landry was rehabilitating his left Achilles’ tendon, which has prevented him from fully practicing with the team since the middle of November 2010.
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