The question for him was, get it over with now or try and play another season through the pain and discomfort?
Following the Pro Bowl, Landry underwent surgery on his hip.
“It was something that I knew I needed, and I was gonna try to put off and play tough guy for one more year,” Landry said. “But just understanding where I was and the things my hip injury was not allowing me to do, again, I did not want to be part of the reason for the team not having success, myself not having success and unselfishly [I] decided to just go have the surgery.”
Landry’s timing has worked out.
As it turns out, Landry hasn’t missed out on any on-field work with the league’s offseason program shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the facility in Berea closed, Landry is rehabbing on his own, checking in regularly with his doctors and the Browns training staff on the latest exercises to do to get him ready for the 2020 season.
“The rehab process has been going great,” Landry said. “Right now, I’m a little bit ahead of schedule.
“I can’t predict exactly when I’ll be on the field, whether that’s July, August or September. But obviously, my return date is sometime in August.”
Despite playing through the pain a year ago and being limited, Landry still led the Browns in catches – 83, receiving yards – 1,174 and receiving touchdowns – six while making his fifth Pro Bowl.
Landry admitted he’s not had access to all the modality exercises he feels he needs, but that isn’t going to stop him from pursuing his goal of not missing a regular season game.
“That’s one of the things I set out for myself since I was a kid watching Monday Night Football,” Landry said. “It’s still something that’s in the back of my mind. Obviously, I want to make sure that I’m going through this process the right way, too, and making sure that I’m healthy enough to be able to go out there and help the team win games and not hurt the team.
“I’m really focused on this rehab to make sure that I’m going to be ready for this season.”
Landry hoped to join Baker Mayfield and other teammates in Texas but the timing and logistics didn’t work out. Still, he’s kept in touch with Mayfield through Facetime calls and has been participating in the team’s voluntary video conferencing – or virtual offseason program as well to learn new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s system.
“I thought about going,” Landry said. “At the end of the day, I am in a crucial part of my rehab process. Going out there for a couple of days, I would have to figure out all of the logistics of making sure I had a doctor out there, making sure I had a weight room and things like that. I did not think it would be worth it.”
Landry’s also been keeping track of his friend and teammate Odell Beckham Jr.’s recovery from core muscle surgery.
“We have been documenting our whole process of recovery and sending it back and forth to each other,” Landry said. “Obviously, right now, it is a crucial time in our recovery stages of getting our strength back. The healing process is kind of done. Now is the time to make sure everything is working together and then being able to go in the right phases and the right stages to be able to translate that all back to the field.
“Seeing his process has been motivating me, obviously, from afar, which he does automatically. The player he is, his work ethic motivate me. Going back and forth on video just about where we are in our rehab process is something that has been encouraging us to get even better than where we were before.”