London Fletcher extends streak but fails to finish against Cowboys

November 22, 2012

London Fletcher is examined after he sprained his ankle against the Eagles Sunday (John McDonnell/Washington Post)

 

Linebacker London Fletcher played in the Washington Redskins’ victory Thursday over the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Tex., extending his consecutive games streak to 235.

But he was unable to finish the game after aggravating his sprained left ankle.

“Actually I tweaked it early, probably in that first series,” Fletcher said. “I tweaked it. And then late in the game, I tweaked it again and I knew at that point I wasn’t coming back. I just didn’t feel I could go out and be effective. I said, ‘You know what, it would be selfish of me to try to go out there and keep playing.’ So I just let the coaches know I couldn’t go any more.”

Fletcher had suffered the injury during Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. He didn’t practice Tuesday and said then he was uncertain if he could play Thursday. But even with the quick turnaround, he was in the lineup, as always, and had one of the Redskins’ two interceptions of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

It was Fletcher’s 20th career interception. He joined fellow linebackers Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears as the only active NFL players with at least 20 career interceptions and 30 sacks.

He also helped the Redskins to tie the Cowboys for second place in the NFC East.

“Everything seems better when you win…. Thanksgiving dinner will taste a lot better,” Fletcher said. “Injuries heal up a lot faster when you win. So it was a good win for us.”

Fletcher said he thought rookie linebacker Keenan Robinson played well after Fletcher exited the game.

“The young guy was ready to play,” Fletcher said. “He studies hard…. I was talking to him on the sideline, just trying to give him as much information on how to defend [Cowboys tight end Jason] Witten because a lot of times he was going to be covering Witten. But I thought he went in there and did an outstanding job.”

Fletcher now has an extended stretch for his ankle to heal before the Redskins’ next game, a Monday night game Dec. 3 against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. If the Giants lose Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins will be playing for a share of first place in that game.

“It will definitely be good for me having, I think, 11 days before we play again,” Fletcher said. “I was more worried and concerned about having a short week, not having a normal recovery time. I thought our training staff did a great job of just giving me around-the-clock treatment. The doctors did a great job of getting me able to play as much as I could today. I gave it all I can until it finally gave out on me. I just couldn’t go any more.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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