Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry changes mind, undergoes hip surgery
Jarvis Landry changed his mind and decided to undergo hip surgery after all.
He revealed the news Thursday morning in a video on Instagram.
The Browns wide receiver initially opted not to have surgery this offseason after seeing several hip specialists and participated in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Jan. 22 and the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26.
But Landry explained in the Instagram video his plan changed because playing in the Pro Bowl reminded him how much pain he had been experiencing.
“I felt like if I got together with the team doctors, got together with my doctors, that we could formulate a plan for this offseason to be able to manage me again throughout the year [with rehabilitation] to be able to make it through the season,” Landry said.
“Going into Pro Bowl, given that I was off three weeks, and thinking that I was going to feel better and then playing in the game — which obviously wasn’t really a game, we were just jogging around, having fun — and I realized how much pain I was in from even just doing that.
“I was kind of happy that I went to Pro Bowl, that I did Pro Bowl, because that was more of an indication of why I needed the surgery.”
Landry reconsidered his decision and had surgery Feb. 4. It was performed by Dr. Chris Larson in Minneapolis.
A Browns spokesman said Landry is expected to fully recover in time for the 2020 season and be back on the football field at some point during training camp, which begins in late July.
In the video, Larson explained he repaired a cartilage issue and expects Landry's hip to move much better to the side as a result of the surgery.
“He started to get a little cartilage delamination, but there was no microfracture or anything like that,” Larson said. “All I do is just shave it a little bit and you kind of leave it there. You don’t want to start removing too much. So that should just be stable. Otherwise had a really good-looking hip joint.”
Larson said the most difficult aspect of the surgery was removing “two pieces of bone” embedded in the labrum.
“Getting those out and making sure I can preserve and save the labrum, which I was able to and repair it back, that was probably the hardest part,” Larson said. “... So I really feel like he's going to feel like mechanically this just works better."
Both Browns starting receivers are coming off surgeries.
Odell Beckham Jr. had surgery Jan. 21 on the core muscle injury that plagued him throughout the 2019 season, his first with the Browns. Running back Kareem Hunt underwent a similar surgery in August and needed about eight weeks to recover. Beckham posted an Instagram video Thursday in which he ran on a treadmill.
In late December, Landry explained he had been diagnosed with a fractured sacrum last spring during organized team activities and it resulted in a nagging hip problem. He said he pushed through it partly because he didn’t want to miss a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career. The sacrum is the large wedge-shaped vertebra that forms the base of the spinal column, where it intersects with the hip bones.
A day after the Browns wrapped up their season, Landry called surgery a last resort because he said the timetable for recovery would be six to eight months.
Landry estimated he was “75 to 80 percent” healthy last year. Yet he led the Browns with 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns en route to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.
As Landry traveled to see Larson in Minneapolis, he admitted to being nervous.
“But I know I need this,” Landry said. “I know it's time.”
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