With a 17-tackle performance Sunday against the New York Jets, Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher leads the NFL with 124 this season.
Fletcher, playing in his 14th NFL season, has 12 more tackles than the second-leading defenders, Cleveland’s D’Qwell Jackson and Indianapolis’ Pat Angerer, who each have 112.
Sunday’s performance marked the sixth game this season that Fletcher has recorded double-digit tackles. His season high is 19, which he posted against Buffalo on Oct. 30.
“Everybody here knows what type of guy London Fletcher is, both on and off the football field,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of the 36-year-old veteran. “He’s a guy that prepares like every game is a playoff game. When you have that type of mind-set, that type of work ethic, that type of football ability, then you play at the level he plays at.”
Fletcher has been hampered by a sprained ankle that has limited him in practice the last five weeks. But at his current pace, he would amass 165 tackles, which would surpass his career-best mark of 157, posted in 2005 while playing for Buffalo. Fletcher’s highest tackle total in his six season as a Redskin is 142 in 2009.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall ranks second on Washington’s defense with 74 tackles. Fletcher, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, also has two interceptions and two forced fumbles this year.
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