The Washington Redskins official injury report includes the league’s Iron Man, London Fletcher. Fletcher has started an unprecedented 231 consecutive games dating back to 1998. Fletcher is suffering from a very sore hamstring, but more importantly has had trouble maintaining his balance.
The initial assumption was that Fletcher possibly experienced a concussion during a previous game. But after an extensive visit with a neurologist, doctors were able to rule out a concussion as the source for his balance issues. So the question is, if it’s not a head injury, why the balance issues? Coach Shanahan addressed this question with the media on Friday. “I’m not sure what it is. They are going to keep on testing him. Sometimes people think it’s in their ear when they talk about balance issues and that is one of the reasons I said yesterday I’m not really sure if it is a concussion when you are talking about balance. Good thing about it is he is feeling a lot better. Why that occurred? I don’t think anybody knows for sure, but at least the test showed it was not a concussion.”
Fletcher has been listed as “Out” on the injury report all week, but has been upgraded to “Questionable” after receiving positive news from his doctor visit. It was assumed all week that Fletcher would miss the upcoming competition against Pittsburgh, but the league’s iron man will do everything possible to see the field. But even if his balance issues are overcome, his hamstring could still keep him out of Sunday’s game. “Number one, he’s got to feel comfortable because you can’t go out there if you have balance issues and go play. Everybody knows that. But relative to the hamstring, I can’t tell you until probably 48 hours from now or close to he when it works out before the game and tries to push harder than he did today. But he had a full practice today so that is a good sign,” said Mike Shanahan.
Look for Fletcher to be a game time decision, and look for players Brandon Meriweather and Pierre Garcon to be out against the Steelers. And for now we can expect more of the same from Garcon as doctors and specialists still don’t have any new answers, “According to our doctors, it’s the same thing we’ve done before. When you talk about a capsule, you’re talking about tendons. That’s what a capsule is. There are fibers in there that are off-balance. The doctors said to us that if he can tolerate the pain then it’s not going to make it any worse. It’s still the same thing right there.”
The possibility of season ending surgery is a real one, for Garcon. But the plan for now is to rest the injured foot, and to hope that he can make a recovery. It’s believed that the unofficial timeframe for Garcon’s return would be after the team’s bye week, returning to face Philadelphia on November 18th.
The Washington Redskins injury report is as follows:
OUT – (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (S) Brandon Meriweather – Knee
QUESTIONABLE – (LB) London Fletcher – Head/Hamstring
PROBABLE – (CB) Cedric Griffin – Hamstring; (CB) David Jones – Achilles; (P) Sav Rocca – Right Knee; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder; (DE) Doug Worthington – Calf; (FB) Darrel Young – Hamstring
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