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London Fletcher hopes to play on Saturday

Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher AP

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher missed both practice and the team’s game against the Bears last week.

According to coach Mike Shanahan, Fletcher wasn’t feeling well and Fletcher declined to offer any more details on his condition. The linebacker returned to practice on Monday with Shanahan saying that he felt good, but Fletcher stopped short of declaring himself ready to play against the Colts in the big “QB Showdown Rivalry” preseason game on Saturday.

“We’ll see,” Fletcher said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “I hope so.”

If Fletcher practices all week and is on the field Saturday, there’s not much reason to worry about whatever kept him out of the game against the Bears. Fletcher was highly productive last season and projects to a leading role in the Washington defense again this season.

He is 37, though, so a failure to launch again this weekend would likely lead to a more anxious reaction about what’s bothering him and how long it might be before he’s able to take his place in the middle of the defense.

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5 Responses to “London Fletcher hopes to play on Saturday”
  1. johnnietwosuits says: Aug 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    By “highly productive” you mean lead the NFl in tackles last season.

  2. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 22, 2012 10:50 AM

    The leader of that defense, no question, and of the team, really….

    BUT…did you see Lorenzo Alexander play against the Bears? The “One Man Gang” was all over the place making plays as ILB, and I wonder if Perry Riley needs to step up to keep his spot alongside Fletcher

  3. steveny5 says: Aug 22, 2012 12:10 PM

    The Bills were dumb to let him go.

  4. defscottyb says: Aug 22, 2012 6:27 PM

    johnnietwosuits says: Aug 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    By “highly productive” you mean lead the NFl in tackles last season.
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    Most tackles most every year not just last year. Sure hall of famer in my book.

  5. jwreck says: Aug 22, 2012 6:53 PM

    BUT…did you see Lorenzo Alexander play against the Bears? The “One Man Gang” was all over the place making plays as ILB, and I wonder if Perry Riley needs to step up to keep his spot alongside Fletcher
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    Not really. While his athleticism is unquestionable, Alexander’s specialty is as a special teams ace, and the Redskins want to keep him off the field as much as possible so that he can focus on special teams, rather than tiring himself out on defense and then immediately being expected to make big plays in the return game.

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