Reporting Chuck Carroll
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Sometimes it’s good to shake things up. Other times it’s good to keep the status quo.
In London Fletcher’s case, it would have been great if the latter were possible, but after deciding to play a 16th season in the NFL meant he’d have to endure an offseason like no other.
The Washington Redskins linebacker underwent the first surgery of his entire life. A short time later he returned to the operating table for seconds.
“It’s been a different process for me, having never gone through surgeries before,” Fletcher told teammate Adam Carriker and I on 4th & Pain. “I’ve got to get used it and learn the patience of the process as far as rehab goes.”
Fletcher underwent ankle and elbow surgeries in order to play in 2013. After speaking with him you get the impression there is nothing he wouldn’t go through in order to come back.
That mentality proved critical for the veteran.
Fletcher says he was nervous going into the first procedures of his life and somewhat fearful of the anesthesia. But it was actually the post-surgery nausea that really did him in.
The queasiness wasn’t immediate for the linebacker. His stomach wasn’t upset when doctors opted to give him nausea medication as a preventive measure.
Maybe they should have given him more.
“Probably about an hour or 45 minutes later it just came out of nowhere… I just all of the sudden was puking all over the place,” said Fletcher.
Lucky for him, the second surgery went much more smoothly.
The driving factors behind his decision to return were simple. He wants to win and he feels he can contribute.
Fletcher, who turns 38 before next season, finished eight in the league in tackles last season while playing with the bum elbow and suspect ankle. A year earlier he sat atop the NFL heap.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of football left in me,” he said. “I’m still playing at a high level. I feel like we’re on the verge of doing some big things here and I want to be a part of it.”