London Fletcher’s playing status unclear because of sprained left ankle

November 19, 2012

London Fletcher has played 234 straight games (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Linebacker London Fletcher’s playing status for the Washington Redskins’ game Thursday at Dallas is uncertain because of a sprained ankle, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

Fletcher hurt his left ankle early in Sunday’s triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.

According to Shanahan, Fletcher was wearing a protective boot Monday and would not have practiced if the Redskins would have held one.

“Any time you’ve got an ankle sprain, you’re not really sure,” Shanahan said. “He’s in a boot right now. Knowing London, he’ll be back if possible. But we’ll have to evaluate it day by day.”

Fletcher has played in 234 consecutive games. He was in the lineup for the Redskins’ loss at Pittsburgh last month even after missing two practices that week because of a hamstring injury and undergoing testing by a neurologist due to issues with his balance.

According to Shanahan, cornerback Josh Wilson has a strained rotator cuff and would have been a limited participant if the Redskins had practiced Monday. Tight end Logan Paulsen has a strained hip, Shanahan said. Safety Reed Doughty received some stitches in his finger but should be okay, Shanahan said.

Offensive tackle Jammal Brown, who’s on the physically unable to perform list, probably will remain unable to practice Tuesday because of his ailing hip, Shanahan said. It appears increasingly likely that Brown won’t be able to play this season and will have to be moved from the PUP list to the season-ending injured reserve list.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Mark Maske · November 19, 2012