Landry is in 'good' health, will visit Patriots

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Landry is in 'good' health, will visit Patriots

LaRon Landry will visit the Patriots this weekend, according to a source.

New England is the first destination for the 6-0, 220-pound Redskins safety but not scheduled to be the last; the Jets, Lions, and one unnamed team are also on the list.

Health is a concern for potential suitors.

After beginning his career playing 47 consecutive games, Landry, 27, has seen action in just 15 over the last two years. He finished both seasons on Injured Reserve because of a bad Achilles tendon. It's well-noted that specialists have told Landry he needs surgery, but he refused their advice in favor of rest and rehabilitation.

Its brutal, Landry told CBS Sports in February. Its like a roller coaster. A major surgery is quite hard. Youre changing the structure of your body and trying to correct it. Recovery time is crucial, rehab is crucial and you sometimes lose range-of-motion and lose strength. The strength will eventually come, but as far as range of motion you might not get the same thing that you had before. I dont want that.

He decided this winter on P.R.P (platelet rich plasma) Therapy combined with a stem cell procedure. Landry's own blood would be used to create new plasma that is re-injected in the Achilles. The process is considered a more natural way to aid healing.

The Redskins didn't buy in -- literally. Landry said he's personally paying for the procedures because the team wouldn't endorse them.

Im not going to try to make it controversial, continued the CBS interview. Im going to do whatever I need to do to play at a high level no matter what. Its my body, Im going to do what I think is right.

The source says Landry is currently in "good" health and "on course to be ready for OTAs."

New England's Organized Team Activities are expected to run from the end of May into the middle of June.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?