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London Fletcher hopes he’ll be closer to 100 percent this week

London Fletcher (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said Wednesday he hopes he’ll be closer to full health this week after playing in last Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh with an ailing hamstring.

“It just depends on how the week of practice goes,” Fletcher said in the locker room at Redskins Park before Wednesday’s practice. “With hamstrings, it can take you a little bit to heal. Some are a little bit worse than others. So it’s just something I have to work through.”

Fletcher, who suffered the injury a week earlier during a defeat to the New York Giants, extended his string of consecutive games to 232. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he was surprised at how well Fletcher played against the Steelers after missing two practices last week.

“I don’t try to look at it as being impressed with myself,” Fletcher said Wednesday. “It was definitely: see how I felt warming up. I felt better than I thought I would. I wasn’t 100 percent in the game. But I felt like I could play.”

Fletcher also underwent testing by a neurologist last week after experiencing problems with his balance. He said Wednesday that “we’ve ruled out several things” as possible causes of his balance issues. Fletcher said he’s “feeling better” but added that “we’re still figuring out some things.”

Said Fletcher: “Any time you’re dealing with something that’s not just a muscle or something like that, you’re talking about balance and different things like that, where you’ve got to go take neurological tests, sure it’s scary. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t on my mind. But I’m just happy I was able to get some answers…You try to block those things out when the ball is snapped.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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