Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said that he is feeling better and was able to practice some on Friday, but his status for Sunday remains uncertain.
The Redskins have officially listed Fletcher as questionable for Sunday, but the linebacker remains hopeful that he can play.
“I was encouraged by today,” Fletcher said after practice on Friday. “It felt good to get out there and run around. It’s still another 48 hours until game day, so hopefully I keep improving.”
Fletcher said, “I did what I could,” when asked how much he was able to do in practice, but the Redskins listed him as a full participant.
Sidelined all week long after suffering a strained hamstring, Fletcher had been experiencing balance issues for a couple weeks, the linebacker said. The he decided Monday to let coaches know about it.
Fletcher went through six hours of testing by a neurologist and said a concussion was ruled out. His hamstring also is feeling better, but isn’t 100 percent.
“We’ve got 48 hours before the game,” Fletcher said. “My body has a great way of healing. Hopefully over the next couple days, it will continue to improve.”
Fletcher had played a league-leading 231 consecutive games and last season led the NFL in tackles. He serves as the leader of the Redskins’ defense, setting his unit up in the proper formations and calling out assignments based on the opposing offenses. Redskins coaches describe Fletcher as a coach on the field.
Fletcher said that the consecutive games streak doesn’t play heavily in his mind as a sense of motivation for playing this week.
“I don’t really think about it a lot until people talk about it,” Fletcher said. “I always take it as the mindset of if I’m ready to play a game, I’m ready to play a game. That’s just really how it’s been. I love being out there with my teammates, love being out there on the field playing football. That’s really just how I approach it.”
Fletcher refused to go into great detail regarding the balance issues, and chose not to answer the question of whether or not the incident, when he missed a preseason game and a couple of practices because he “wasn’t feeling well,” was related.
Fletcher did say, “As far as my balance, I had been dealing with it the last couple of weeks, but finally decided to tell them about it and try to figure out what’s going on.”
Said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan: “It wasn’t a concussion. Not sure what it was. We’re going to keep on testing him. Some times people think it’s the inner ear when they talk about balance issues. … Good thing about it is, he’s feeling a lot better.”