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London Fletcher says he and others ‘toughed it out’

London Fletcher (Associated Press)

Linebacker London Fletcher played his 236th straight game as the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants, 17-16, on Monday night at FedEx Field.

Fletcher made his second straight start with a sprained left ankle suffered during a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He carried a protective boot to his locker after the game, with plans to put it on his left foot before leaving the stadium.

“It’s just kind of what I’m going to have to do, probably, from here on out,” Fletcher said. “With the ankle, it gets progressively better as the week goes. It still doesn’t get to 100 percent. But after the game, during the game, you’re putting a lot of stress on it that you normally wouldn’t put on it.”

Fletcher played with his ankle injury during the Redskins’ triumph at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. He aggravated the injury during that game and failed to finish it. But he was in the lineup again Monday night and still hasn’t missed a game since he entered the NFL in 1998 with the St. Louis Rams.

“Right now it’s just battling,” Fletcher said. “I’m not 100 percent, but I just want to be out there for my teammates. It’s just a great feeling to be in some meaningful games and just try to get myself together to be able to give my teammates as much effort as I can.”

Fletcher said that others in the Redskins’ locker room, including left tackle Trent Williams and wide receiver Pierre Garcon, also are playing through injuries.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to tough it out,” Fletcher said. “That’s what I did. Trent toughed it out today. He wasn’t 100 percent. He toughed it out and battled, battled some great pass rushers. Pierre, he’s not 100 percent but he’s battling, making big plays. That’s what you do.”

The Redskins have won three straight games and are one game behind the first place Giants in the NFC East. They’re also a game out of the second wild-card playoff spot in the NFC with four games left.

“It’s just a different atmosphere, a different feeling, different preparation,” Fletcher said. “You could tell the excitement of the fans around here, the city, the tremendous support we’re getting. Just coming into the stadium, you saw how many people were out here early, just ready for this game.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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