Redskins' Landry ready for Cowboys

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LaRon Landry is ready to be a beast again.


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The Washington Redskins safety said Wednesday he anticipates returning from his hamstring injury for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

''Don't calm me down. Let me go,'' Landry said. ''Untame this beast, man. It's been a while.''

Landry hasn't played since last Nov. 15 when his season ended early because of an Achilles' tendon injury. At the time, he was having his best year and appeared on the verge of becoming one of the top safeties in the NFL.

The Achilles' tendon healed during training camp, but the fifth-year veteran pulled his hamstring warming up before the exhibition game against Indianapolis on Aug. 19. He had another setback the week before the regular season opener, but he said the leg now feels comfortable and ready to go. He plans to test it fully on Friday or Saturday to make sure, then will leave the decision up to coach Mike Shanahan.

''The only thing I'm anticipating is me playing on Monday night,'' Landry said. ''Everything else is out of my control. I can't speak for him. I can't rush God. If it ain't ready, it ain't ready. ... I haven't had any hiccups or any setbacks, so I'm looking forward to playing this Monday night.''

Teammates say Landry was so pumped that he was running full speed during the walkthrough Wednesday morning, to the point they had to tell him to slow down. He was listed as limited for the afternoon practice, and his status remains a cautious ''day-by-day'' in Shanahan's book.

''Hopefully he'll be ready,'' Shanahan said. ''But I thought that maybe last week, but it didn't work out that way. You've got to find out if somebody's in football shape. I don't want to bring him back too quick.''

Landry's return would solidify a defense that's already off to a good start. The Redskins (2-0) lead the NFC East headed into the showdown against the division rival.

''I was talking to (rookie linebacker) Ryan Kerrigan about LaRon the other day and just told him the game's going to change when LaRon's out there,'' cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. ''Just the intensity he brings, the speed he brings, the reckless abandon he brings to the table is just amazing. You sit in awe sometimes watching him while you're on the field. If he's out there, we're going to be that much better, faster, crisper.''


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