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Achilles tendon plaguing safety
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MOBILE, Ala. — Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry is proceeding toward free agency with hopes of avoiding surgery on his left Achilles tendon, coach Mike Shanahan said Monday after overseeing a Senior Bowl practice here.
Landry missed the Redskins‘ final five games of the season because of the Achilles and ended up on injured reserve list for the second straight season.
Dr. Robert Anderson, a renowned foot and ankle specialist, recommended last month that Landry have surgery. However, Landry is not following that course — at least not yet.
“I haven’t talked to him,” Shanahan said. “I just heard that he’s not going to have surgery. That’s the status right now. Hopefully, that heals up and he’s ready to go.”
Landry did not return a phone message. The sixth-overall draft pick in 2007 is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new NFL league year begins March 13. His health will significantly impact his value among a thin group of safeties on the free agent market.
Hilliard new WRs coach
The Redskins filled two of their coaching vacancies Monday, even while most of the staff ran practice for the South team at the Senior Bowl.
“He’s got some great experience in the league,” Mike Shanahan said. “I’ve heard some great things about him from different people he played for and coached for, and I just thought it was a good fit for us.”
Washington also installed Bob Slowik as their linebackers coach. After serving as the Redskins‘ defensive backs coach for the past two seasons, Slowik replaces position coach Lou Spanos, who left to become UCLA’s defensive coordinator.
He coached the Chicago Bears’ linebackers when he was the defensive coordinator there from 1996 through ‘97. He inherits a corps of linebackers that includes Pro Bowlers London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo.
“I’m looking forward to the group we have right there in Washington,” Slowik said. “We’ve got a real good group, that’s for sure.”
The Redskins also made official the hiring of defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who agreed to join the team almost two weeks ago.
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