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Jarvis Landry reluctantly changes mind, has hip surgery, expected back during training camp

Receiver Jarvis Landry really didn’t want to have hip surgery.

He led the Browns with 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns in 2019 despite being bothered by the hip beginning in the spring. He made his fifth straight Pro Bowl even though he was severely limited in practice throughout the season. He hoped an offseason of rest and recovery would allow him to make it through next season.

Then he played in the Pro Bowl in January.

After initially deciding against surgery after meeting with specialists, Landry changed his mind and went under the knife Feb. 4. He announced the surgery in an Instagram story posted early Thursday morning.

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“Nervous. But I know I need this. I know it’s time,” Landry said in the two-part video.

He’s never missed a game in six seasons in the NFL, and doesn’t plan on the streak stopping.

“He’s expected to make a full recovery for the 2020 season,” a Browns spokesman said.

Landry, 27, has started the rehabilitation process and is expected to resume football activities at some point during training camp. He said the day after the season the recovery from surgery would take 6-to-8 months.

“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 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 kinda 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.”

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Dr. Christopher Larson in Minneapolis operated and said on the video he repaired the cartilage issue by shaving it. He also had to remove two pieces of bone embedded in the labrum — a ring of strong, flexible cartilage that rims the outer edge of the hip socket — and said saving the labrum was the hardest part.

“So I think more going on getting in there than maybe anticipated first seeing him,” Larson said. “I mean, the more I thought about it, it didn’t surprise me. So I really feel like he’s going to feel like mechanically this just works better.”

Landry said he first felt discomfort during organized team activities in May. He didn’t practice the rest of the offseason, then was limited during training camp and the season. He would spend much of the early portions of practice trying to stretch his hips and estimated he played the year at 75 or 80 percent.

“You can see how much better his hip is going to move out to the side,” Larson said. “You can see how much better his hip is going to feel.   

“He started to get a little cartilage delamination but there was no microfracture or anything like that. 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.”

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Wednesday it’s his job to get Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. the ball.

“They are both talented players on the outside,” he said. “They both deserve to get the ball as much as possible. The beauty of having both of them is you can’t tilt coverage one way or the other. Having two guys that really make you play it straight defensively will help.

“As far as getting them the ball, that is our job as the offensive staff to scheme up ways to make them a top priority in the progressions. Both are extremely talented receivers and I am very fired up to work with both of them.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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