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Landry will play both safety spots

Landry will play both safety spots

Will LaRon Landry be the Washington Redskins' free safety this year, the position where he played his best ball after moving in after the loss of Sean Taylor?

Or will he play strong safety, the position he was drafted to play?

During this week's OTA's, we got the answer.


According to Steve Jackson, Landry will line up in the deep center of the field on passing downs. When the situation has the defense looking for the run, Landry will assume the traditional strong safety position, lining up in the box and coming on a blitz.

Playing such a swing role is something that not too many players can do. "Some guys are better suited for strong. Some are better suited for free," Jackson said. "He's one of the few guys who can play both."

Dave Elfin's article does not address who would be in the game along with Landry in those various situations. But it's not hard to read the tea leaves and speculate.

When Landry is in the deep center field role, Reed Doughty, who became a starter when Landry moved over last year, would play the strong safety spot. When Landry is up close to the line, Stu Schweigert, a natural free safety, would go into the game.

Landry's skill set gives Jackson and Greg Blache some other options. Schweigert and Landry could split the field in a cover two scheme on third and long. Landry and Doughty both might line up close to the line of scrimmage on short-yardage and goal line situations.

So, the where-to-play-Landry dilemma turns out to be no problem at all. Just put him where the action is going to be and fit the other players around him.

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Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday



C Spencer Long (concussion)—He missed the second half of the Cardinals game and has been in the concussion protocol this week. John Sullivan will start in his place.

S Will Blackmon (concussion)—Blackmon also has been in the concussion protocol and has not practiced all week. Donte Whitner and Duke Ihenacho will handle the safety position.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the Arizona game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.


G Shawn Lauvao (groin)—It was a surprise to see him watching practice on Wednesday as no injury had been reported for him. But he came in for treatment and did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he can’t go, Arie Kouandjio will start at left guard.

OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Fortunately Trent Williams is back from his suspension; Nsekhe was the starter while he was out. If Nsekhe is out, Vinston Painter will be the swing backup tackle.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—After missing last week’s game with a third-degree separation of the AC join in his left shoulder, Reed was able to practice on a limited basis this week. If range of motion is still an issue he could sit or play very limited snaps. If it’s a matter of pain tolerance he will be a full go.  

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Eagles.

DE Chris Baker (ankle)—Baker missed some practice this week but he should be able to go against the Eagles although his level of effectiveness will bear watching.

Also questionable for the Redskins: DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Derek Carrier (knee)



WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) and RB Ryan Matthews (knee) were full in practice all week and it seems likely that the Eagles’ leading receiver and rusher, respectively, will play on Sunday. Up in the air is the status of WR Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique), who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) will miss his third straight game. He had a rough start in his NFL debut against the Redskins in Week 6 but he remained the starter until getting injured in Week 11. Since then the Eagles have moved LG Alan Barbre to right tackle with Stefen Wisniewski going in at left guard.

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