London Fletcher unsure if he’ll play Thursday

London Fletcher makes a tackle this season against Carolina (Richard Lipski/The Associated Press)


Linebacker London Fletcher sat out the Redskins’ practice Tuesday because of his sprained left ankle but said he is leaving open the possibility of playing Thursday at Dallas.

“I don’t have a sense yet,” Fletcher said. “It’s still a couple days out. The fact that it’s a short week doesn’t help. It’s one of those deals where you just kind of get as much treatment as possible and do everything in my power to try to put myself in a position to play.”

Fletcher has played in 234 straight games.

He hurt his ankle during Sunday’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles but returned to that game.

“I felt some stuff with it” during the rest of the game, Fletcher said Tuesday. “It’s always worse the next day because of all the swelling that you’re dealing with the next day that you don’t have with your initial injury. What you’ve got to deal with is the swelling, the soreness and all that type of thing, the pain.”

Fletcher said he was yet to test his ankle.

“Not at all,” he said. “That wouldn’t be smart to do…. It’s really just keep getting as much treatment as possible—a lot of treatment today, tomorrow, even Thursday before the game, and see how I feel in pregame if I can go or not. That’s pretty much how it’ll go.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he didn’t expect Fletcher to test the soundness of his ankle until pregame warmups Thursday.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said: “He’s one of the ones, after he’s been in the league, what, 15 years, you kind of figure out he’s going to be there. We’ll see. This is a tough one because of the short week. But if anybody will do it, it’ll be him.”

Veteran Lorenzo Alexander and rookie Keenan Robinson likely would split playing time at Fletcher’s inside linebacker spot if Fletcher is unable to play.

“We try to use whatever we have available,” Haslett said. “Keenan is a young guy that’s going to be a good football player. We’re really excited about him for the future. ‘Zo is a strong, steady guy to run the defense. So we’ll try to use their best talents as much as we can. ‘Zo [pass-]rushes some for us. He does some cover stuff. So can Keenan.”

Fletcher played the Redskins’ Oct. 28 loss at Pittsburgh even after missing two days of practices that week because of a hamstring injury and undergoing testing by a neurologist because of issues with his balance.

“We’ll try to use the guys we’ve got and use the talents we have,” Haslett said. “…If London doesn’t go, then ‘Zo and Keenan will step up and [the coaches will] just try to put them in the best position to make some plays. These guys, they were fired up last week. They played well. They’ll be fired up for this game.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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