This weekend marks a homecoming for Cleveland native London Fletcher, but given the implications Sunday’s game holds for the Redskins’ playoff hopes, he isn’t about to let anything distract him from the task at hand.
“To be going home, it’s always special,” Fletcher said. “Grew up a Browns fans so still like the Browns. But it’s still just another game that we need to win. So I can’t get caught up in any of that.”
Fletcher, 37, has faced his hometown Browns before during his career but he’s never played an NFL game in Cleveland. Even with his assurances that this road trip is all business, with friends and family watching from the stands, it’s tough not to think that this game might mean a bit more to the veteran linebacker.
After all, he rattles off the names of the most memorable and most disappointing plays in Browns history just like any native Clevelander, from ‘The Drive’ to ‘The Fumble’ to quarterback Brian Sipe throwing an interception late in a 1980 AFC playoff game.
“This is not my first time playing against them so it’s not a situation where it’s something I’m not used to, but going home obviously it’s a little bit different,” Fletcher said. “But at the end of the day, once the ball’s kicked off you’re just playing football.”
Fletcher, who is battling a lingering left ankle sprain, didn’t take any reps in practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, Coach Mike Shanahan said. But regardless of the injury report, Fletcher is expected to play in his 238th consecutive game and face the Browns.