LaRon Landry has returned from his suspension. He won't be returning to the starting lineup this Sunday, however, as Sergio Brown will continue to start against the Patriots - his sixth start in a row. Chuck Pagano confirmed as much on Monday, saying that the decision was a combination of both Brown's play and Landry's still getting back into game shape. Pagano also noted that Landry would certainly play, he just wouldn't start.
That's still the plan. "Sergio is going to start and then we're going to just substitute Landry in," defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said on Thursday. "We've got a couple of packages for him so we'll see how that goes and as the game goes and proceeds, we'll just keep on subbing them in and out." That's pretty much what we figured based on Pagano's comments, and it further goes to show that Landry isn't just being handed his starting spot back. He'll have to earn it, and while he'll get that time to do so, it won't be given to him.
ESPN's Mike Wells had a great note yesterday about Landry actually working with the special teams unit in practice this week. "He's willing to do whatever he has to do to get out on the field and perform at a high level," Manusky said today.
As Wells noted, Landry wouldn't be the first Colts free agent signed as a starter to end up on special teams, as the same thing happened with Darrius Heyward-Bey last year. DHB handled it incredibly well and applied himself to becoming a valuable special teams guy for the Colts. What will Landry's attitude be? What will his role on special teams be? Both are yet to be determined. And it's also clear that Landry will still be seeing time at safety. The Colts have certain packages to get him involved and they're going to give both Sergio Brown and LaRon Landry time at safety. What might those packages be? We'll have to wait and see.
Sergio Brown is the Colts' starting safety - at least for one more week. That doesn't mean we won't see LaRon Landry, however, but it does mean that he'll have to earn his starting spot back as he returns from his suspension.