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Fletcher Loses Boot but Misses Another Practice

Saturday, November 29, 2008

MLB London Fletcher (sprained foot) did not wear a protective walking boot yesterday, but he sat out practice for the third consecutive day and said he would be a game-time decision tomorrow when the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

"I'm feeling better, not a hundred percent, but who is a hundred percent at this stage of the season?" Fletcher said after practice at Redskins Park. "I'm hopeful that I can play, but right now I couldn't say a definitive, 'Yes, I'm going to be able to play.' I've got to be able to go out there and be me; do the things I need to do to help my team."

The leader of the defense, Fletcher was injured in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field. He has a team-high 86 tackles, including 60 unassisted, according to the Redskins' charts. Among the league's most durable players, Fletcher has started every game his teams have played since the 2001 season and has not missed a game in his 11-year career.

· PORTIS UNCERTAIN: RB Clinton Portis, who recently added a rib muscle strain to his array of injuries, is considered "50-50" to play tomorrow, Coach Jim Zorn said yesterday.

"There's a chance he'll be there," Zorn said after practice at Redskins Park, "but he's still questionable."

Although hampered by many injuries throughout the season, Portis has not missed a game and leads the NFL with 1,206 yards rushing.

After sitting out practice Wednesday and Thursday, Portis "took some reps" yesterday, Zorn said.

· SAMUELS "50-50": LT Chris Samuels (knee) was limited in practice but could play.

Samuels, who missed the first two days of practice this week, initially felt pain in his right knee Oct. 26 during pregame warmups and sat out Washington's 25-17 victory over Detroit, ending his streak at 73 consecutive starts in regular season games. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, a team spokesman said, but showed inflammation of the cartilage behind his knee.

"He's just going to decide to go, but this happened before and he couldn't go," Zorn said. "It's a legit 50-50. I really do [think so]. And we have Stephon Heyer ready to step in." . . .

DE Andre Carter (foot) is expected to be a game-time decision, Zorn said. . . . DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) practiced. "He's got a sore shoulder," Zorn said, "but I think he's going to end up going." . . . DL Kedric Golston (bone spurs in ankle) did not practice but might play. "There's a chance," Zorn said.

· HONORING S. TAYLOR: Late Pro Bowl S Sean Taylor will be inducted into the Ring of Fame before tomorrow's game at FedEx Field. Taylor, who was 24, died Nov. 27, 2007, after being shot a day earlier during a robbery attempt at his Miami area home.

-- Jason Reid

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