London Fletcher has one game to play before his 16-year career in the National Football League officially comes to a close, but Sunday was the real goodbye.
Thirty minutes after the Redskins publicized a player announcement on Wednesday, London Fletcher informed the press that 2013 would likely be his final season as a player in the National Football League.
London Fletcher issued a call to Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan to hash things while announcing his retirement, likely to take place following the 2013 season, on Wednesday.
Brian Orakpo started getting sacks just as the Washington Redskins season fell apart. London Fletcher hasn’t played up to his usual standard, but he’s set to take the field for his 253rd consecutive game — sprained ankle and all.
Three key players on the Washington Redskins defense suffered injuries Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, which officially eliminated the team from postseason contention.
It’s an eerie parallel. In 2012, Washington was 3-6 and coming off an embarrassing defeat to a Carolina team with just one victory as it prepared to play Philadelphia.
London Fletcher appeared on NFL Today on CBS on Sunday, with former Skin Jon Jansen, to talk about the culture within NFL locker rooms, in light of the Incognito-Martin situation in Miami.
London Fletcher had fluid drained from his knee on Monday. On Tuesday, he fully participated in practice as the Washington Redskins continue preparations to face the Minnesota Vikings on a short week.
London Fletcher is playing his 16th NFL season, but Washington’s captain said Tuesday that he has never seen any player abused the way that Jonathan Martin allegedly was by fellow Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito, to the point that Martin left the team last week.
Linebacker Darryl Tapp, in his first season with Washington, says after four games, 38-year-old London Fletcher has been the best player on the Redskins’ defense in 2013, “hands down.”