Ailing hamstring sidelines London Fletcher with game on the line

October 21, 2012

London Fletcher (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Linebacker London Fletcher sat out the late stages of the Washington Redskins’ loss to the New York Giants Sunday after he suffered an injury to his right hamstring.

“I just wasn’t able to return to the game,” Fletcher said. “We’ll see how things go, see how I feel [Monday] and the rest of the week…. I just felt it grab. I was covering a receiver. I played a couple more plays after that [but] it never really let go. It was still grabbing on me. I couldn’t get full range of motion, things like that.”

The Redskins were forced to try to win their first NFC East game of the season with their defensive leader on the sideline during the game’s crucial moments down the stretch.

“I wanted to be out there, especially as we took the lead,” Fletcher said. “I wanted to go out there in two-minute. But I couldn’t go out there and be me and play the way I was capable of playing. I didn’t want to risk further injuring it or also put our team at a disadvantage.”

Fletcher said he had no immediate sense about whether the injury would affect his status for next weekend’s game at Pittsburgh. He has played in 231 consecutive games, tied for the longest active streak in the NFL.

“It’s a long way to Sunday,” Fletcher said. “So I’ll get treatment, do everything I can to get back on the field.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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