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News & Notes: Landry Says Injury Is 'Progressing'

LaRon Landry believes his hamstring injury is improving, but he does not have an immediate timetable for his return.

He is not expected to play in this Saturday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

"I really want to play, but it depends on the leg," he said on Wednesday. "Every day I'm progressing, but I don't know when it's going to be 100 percent."

Asked if he was concerned about missing the regular season opener on Sept. 4, Landry replied: "I'm not trying to think negative. I'm getting positive results and that's what I'm looking at right now."

Landry, entering his second NFL season, suffered the hamstring injury early in training. He has been sidelined ever since.

During Redskins practice, Landry spends time jogging under the watch of physical therapist Larry Hess and the team's athletic trainers.

"In certain drills in rehab, I feel [the hamstring injury] and it hurts a little, but it's nothing major," he said.

Landry could start working his way into practice as soon as Thursday, head coach Jim Zorn said.

"LaRon is very close and he's improving daily," Zorn said. "He'll probably start to come out and try to work through some of the practice drills."

With Landry sidelined, rookie Kareem Moore is expected to draw the start at free safety against the Panthers on Saturday night.

-- BLACHE ON BOSCHETTI

Ryan Boschetti has earned a less-than-flattering nickname in his four seasons with the Redskins.

"We call him the ?Cockroach,'" Greg Blache said, drawing laughter from assembled media.

Why?

Boschetti has been annually on the bubble at roster cut-down time, but he manages to stick every time.

In four seasons, Boschetti has played in 19 games and recoded 15 tackles. Most game days, he can be found on the inactive list.

Still, Blache loves Boschetti's fight and spirit--and that's why he may just stay around another season.

"He has phenomenal intensity, he has a great spirit and he's a great teammate," Blache said. "He works his rear end off. He's a coach's dream. He is not the most athletic guy, but if he had as much athleticism as he has heart and want-to, he would be in the Hall of Fame.

"Boschetti is one of those guys you find yourself pulling for because of the way he approaches the game. He has a great passion for the game, a great feel for the game.

"When it comes down to final cuts, we're going to go with the guys who can help us win a championship--and hopefully Boschetti is part of that."

-- HEYER RETURNS

Stephon Heyer increased his practice work on Wednesday as he continues to return from a sprained knee suffered on Aug. 3.

He is expected to be available for Saturday's preseason game at Carolina.

"I'm getting back into it," Heyer said after practice. "I'm not quite 100 percent, but I am getting closer. Day by day, I get better. It's one of those injuries that you have to monitor and be careful with, though."

Added Jim Zorn: "He is coming right along and I expect him to participate [against Carolina]."

Todd Wade, nursing an ankle injury suffered on Aug. 3, remains sidelined. He is unlikely to play against Carolina.


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