Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that linebacker London Fletcher, who will be listed as questionable on the team’s injury report with a pulled hamstring, is likely to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
The 14-year veteran left last Sunday’s game at Carolina with a hamstring injury and didn’t practice on Wednesday. He was listed as limited on Thursday.
But following Friday’s practice, Shanahan thought Fletcher looked good enough to play unless he suffered a setback. That would mean that Fletcher’s league-leading streak of consecutive games played (which he shares with Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber) will remain intact and extend to 215.
Fletcher said the streak matters, but that ultimately helping his team win tops his list of concerns.
“As a competitor you want to go out and play and help your teammates. I’m a football player, and hopefully I don’t suffer a setback,” Fletcher said. “I take more pride in knowing that my teammates know they can count on me. That’s what I focus on.”
Asked how often he thinks about his streak, Fletcher said, “Periodically I do think...about how many consecutive football games it is. I guess I’ll have a greater appreciation for it when I’m no longer playing. But I look at a guy like Brett Favre. I marvel at him. This guy played 297 consecutive starts. That’s amazing to me.”