Linebacker London Fletcher hopes his sore hamstring is healthy enough for Sunday’s game against Buffalo, but he said it’s too early to know whether he’ll be able to play.
“It’s a long way to Sunday,” he said Wednesday morning. “Each day, just getting better. We’ll see how it goes, how the week progresses.”
Fletcher said he tweaked the hamstring late in Sunday’s loss at Carolina. Just 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter, Cam Newton ran a third-down draw play up the middle and gained seven yards and the first down before Fletcher chased him down from behind. Fletcher felt the injury but stayed in a couple of more plays before heading to the sideline.
“Just didn’t think it was wise to stay in the game,” he said, “which I think was good to do without doing further damage to it. Now we just take an aggressive approach as far as treatment goes. We’ll see what happens.”
At stake this week is Fletcher’s streak of consecutive starts (169 games). He’s also played in 214 straight games, tied with Ronde Barber for most in the league. Fletcher says those streaks won’t play a role in deciding whether he’ll play against the Bills.
“It’s all about what’s best for the team. ...If I’m not feeling like it’s in the best interest for me to play, obviously you have to do what’s right,” he said. “Be smart, just continue to get treatment, be aggressive on that treatment and see what happens.”