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London Fletcher misses practice, suffering from hamstring and balance problems


London Fletcher tackles RB Darren Sproles in the Redskins’ victory over the Saints

Linebacker London Fletcher missed the Washington Redskins’ practice Wednesday, three days after he suffered a hamstring injury during a loss to the New York Giants.

Fletcher was on the practice field at Redskins Park Wednesday but did not participate in drills.

“I’ll talk to you all later,” Fletcher said to reporters as he left the field. “I did what I could.”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Fletcher’s hamstring still was sore. Shanahan said that Fletcher also was experiencing some problems with his balance and would see a neurologist about that issue. Shanahan said he found out about Fletcher’s balance issue late Monday and hopes it is not a serious problem.

Fletcher has played in 231 straight games and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III predicted that streak will continue Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“I’m not a betting man but I think he’ll be out there,” Griffin said.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon also missed Wednesday’s practice. According to Shanahan, Garcon was in Charlotte, N.C., to be examined by orthopedic specialist Robert Anderson.

Garcon has missed four of the Redskins’ seven games this season because of a foot injury.

Shanahan said he didn’t know when Garcon might return to the lineup. The decision to have Garcon  examined by Anderson was made Tuesday when Garcon’s foot remained sore without signs of improvement, Shanahan said.

 Anderson performed surgery Tuesday, on tight end Fred Davis, who suffered a season-ending ruptured left Achilles’ tendon Sunday.

Shanahan said he thought newly re-signed tight end Chris Cooley had a good practice Wednesday.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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