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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Despite balance issues and a suspect hamstring, London Fletcher is not willing to rule out playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The veteran leader of the Washington Redskins, who has played in 231 consecutive games, says he is encouraged by his effort in Friday’s practice.
Head coach Mike Shanahan agreed, saying he looked “pretty good.”
Fletcher will be listed as questionable on the injury report.
Fletcher says his balance issues began a few weeks ago, but doctors have ruled out a concussion as the culprit.
He was being evaluated by a neurologist for a possible head injury this week. Thursday’s examination lasted nearly six hours according to Shanahan.
“London’s a smart guy,” Shanahan said Thursday. “He wants to play, but at the same time, he understands that if there’s something wrong with your balance, that’s a pretty tough situation to be in and he’s smart enough not to put his body into a situation that could hurt him.”
Lorenzo Alexander is expected to start in Fletcher’s place if he’s unable to play.
“What you lose from London is the leadership role, the passion and energy he brings to the game… much like a Ray Lewis,” Alexander said this week.
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan & London Fletcher had to say following practice today.
Mike Shanahan Practice Audio
London Fletcher Practice Audio