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London Fletcher plays, as always

London Fletcher (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Linebacker London Fletcher played in his 232nd straight game Sunday, filling his customary spot at inside linebacker for the Washington Redskins in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers even after a week in which he was plagued by a hamstring injury and problems with his balance.

“I’ve had some games where just from an injury standpoint, it was tough to play,” Fletcher said. “But this wasn’t the most difficult for me.”

Fletcher hurt his hamstring a week earlier during a defeat to the New York Giants.

“It held up pretty good,” he said Sunday. “It wasn’t 100 percent but it was good enough to make some plays…. I felt it a little bit on some stuff. But overall I was happy that I was able to get through the game. That was the main thing. I don’t feel like I set myself back any…. I was well enough to play. I don’t know that anybody is 100 percent at this point in time.”

Fletcher practiced Friday after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday. He underwent six to seven of hours of testing by a neurologist Thursday after informing the team’s coaches Monday about the issues with his balance he was experiencing.

“I was a little more concerned last week, or this week, until I was able to get more tests,” Fletcher said Sunday. “It was on my mind. Obviously as a person, you think about that part. I felt better this week. I don’t know if it was just by getting some answers, ruling some stuff out. I’ve been feeling better. We’re still trying to figure it out.”

But Fletcher said those issues weren’t on his mind once the game started Sunday.

“You don’t have time to be thinking about that stuff on the football field,” he said.


Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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