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London Fletcher experiencing balance issues

Martellus Bennett AP

After Redskins linebacker London Fletcher left Sunday’s loss to the Giants late in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, we pointed out that the injury put Fletcher’s streak of 231 consecutive games played at risk.

That streak is at even greater risk after Redskins coach Mike Shanahan updated Fletcher’s health on Wednesday. Fletcher sat out practice as the Redskins got back to work to prepare for the Steelers and the hamstring is just one of the problems that Fletcher is dealing with. He’s also been having issues with his balance, which has left him under the care of the team’s doctor and a neurologist.

“He’s got some problems with his balance. It was Monday evening when I found out,” Shanahan said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “Before we say we’re worried, let’s get a review from the doctors and see what they have to say. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Lorenzo Alexander replaced Fletcher against the Giants and would be the likeliest choice to step into the starting lineup if Fletcher can’t play against the Steelers.

Fletcher’s streak is the longest of any active player in the NFL. If he doesn’t play on Sunday, it will fall to Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber who is set to play his 231st straight game when Tampa takes on the Vikings Thursday night.

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33 Responses to “London Fletcher experiencing balance issues”
  1. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 5:30 PM

    What, did he ‘accidentally’ stomp on someone’s head, too?

    Isn’t that what happens when you lose your balance…? You have to stomp on another man’s skull to re-gain it?

  2. steelersownyou says: Oct 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    Big deal. The whole redskins team suffers from “balance issues” cant wait til rg3po faces our #1 ranked defense. Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

  3. scrp2 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:37 PM

    I don’t want to say London’s old but when he started with the Rams, Vince Ferragamo was under center.

  4. crybabyrivers says: Oct 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    Time for him to retire he’s had a good career

  5. brewcrewchamps says: Oct 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    London Fletcher was probably my first favorite Ram…being that I’m early 20′s now this dude has been playing forever.

  6. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Oct 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    I will tell you what is going to make Fletch dizzy…going up against those 1934 ‘Stilrs penal colony uni’s! They are enough to induce vertigo.

  7. otistaylor89 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    London Fletcher and Ronde Barber. Two undersized men and yet they will play 231 consecutive games in the NFL.

    Fletcher played against Dan Marino and Barber against Barry Sanders.

  8. skins1982 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:36 PM

    Good lord steelers fans! The train is coming. Your d is old and Rg3 will dance through the stars like a regal apparition! Your time has past! Deal with it!! The league has flipped!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!

  9. hailskins4life says: Oct 24, 2012 6:46 PM

    London Fletcher has been one of my favorite players since he was with the Rams. Very underrated player his whole career. Hope he comes back soon. That being said, it’s not like the Skins can fall to 33rd in pass defense. Skins don’t need injuries but Fletcher doesn’t play in the secondary either.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:49 PM

    steelersownyou says:Oct 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    Big deal. The whole redskins team suffers from “balance issues” cant wait til rg3po faces our #1 ranked defense. Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

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    In what universe do the steelers currently have the number 1 ranked defense? Because it ain’t this universe for sure.

    Oh and in the only defensive ranking that matters, points per game, the steelers aren’t even in the top 10. And that’s against powerhouses like Oakland, Cincy, and Tennesee. Give me a break…

  11. tiggerblood says: Oct 24, 2012 6:54 PM

    Haha Steelers. Oh man their fans delusional at best.

  12. rg3andout says: Oct 24, 2012 7:04 PM

    Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

    thats kinda racist, man!!! i dont like rg3 but thats a low blow

  13. rg3andout says: Oct 24, 2012 7:06 PM

    IRG3 will get smashed this game, i hope his backup cuisin is ready to play

  14. heathshuler says: Oct 24, 2012 7:21 PM

    fletch is one hell of a football player, i wish him a speedy recovery.

    why can’t i thumbs up/thumbs down comments on the mobile app?

  15. damnskins703 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:32 PM

    Ronde Barber is some trash he will never be as good as Fletcher

  16. educator7 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:32 PM

    steelersownyou says:Oct 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    Big deal. The whole redskins team suffers from “balance issues” cant wait til rg3po faces our #1 ranked defense. Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

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    Interesting you make fun of our qb’s looks. But here in D.C., we’re proud of him, and we stand behind him 100%. (Also helps that he didn’t rape anybody….)

  17. randallflagg52 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:32 PM

    steelersownyou says:Oct 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    Big deal. The whole redskins team suffers from “balance issues” cant wait til rg3po faces our #1 ranked defense. Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

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    Ok even though you are a total tool, and your Father is also your uncle, I have to say “rg3po” is a pretty funny nickname.

  18. ravenator says: Oct 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    steelersownyou, put down the star wars box set and pay attention to the fact that you are a .500 team with losses to AFC opponents: the raiders and titans…pathetic.

  19. exibitsman says: Oct 24, 2012 7:49 PM

    Just retire Fletcher you made enough money you greedy bastard.

  20. rg3andout says: Oct 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    skins are sad mommas boys

  21. gcsuk says: Oct 24, 2012 7:59 PM

    As much as I hate the Redskins, I can respect Fletcher for the way he plays. Better to let the streak go if it means taking care of bigger issues. Good Luck, London!

  22. gcsuk says: Oct 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    rg3andout says:
    Oct 24, 2012 7:04 PM
    Gonna make buckwheat cry!!!

    thats kinda racist, man!!! i dont like rg3 but thats a low blow
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    You’ll only go so far as to say “KINDA racist”? I hate to think what’s “real racist” to you.

  23. rg3andout says: Oct 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    IRG3 is a better name for ol mushmouth

  24. pottymouth777 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:07 PM

    tokyomanblastersmom says:
    Oct 24, 2012 5:30 PM
    What, did he ‘accidentally’ stomp on someone’s head, too?

    Isn’t that what happens when you lose your balance…? You have to stomp on another man’s skull to re-gain it?

    That was Albert Haynesworth, you tool.

  25. walter0247 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    IRG3 will get smashed this game, i hope his backup cuisin is ready to play

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    I hope you know that insulting rg3 isn’t going to make him any less than the best qb this year and possibly ever. you’re so sad it’s amusing.

  26. walter0247 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    ROOKIE QB******* My bad. before i get flamed by everyone.

  27. dontstabmeray says: Oct 24, 2012 8:35 PM

    ravenator says: Oct 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    steelersownyou, put down the star wars box set and pay attention to the fact that you are a .500 team with losses to AFC opponents: the raiders and titans…pathetic.

    Pathetic is giving up 400+ yards a game like your defense. Can’t wait to see the ravens lose 7 in a row while the steelers take control of the division…what happened to your prediction last week about the Steelers getting crushed? Wrong again…..don’t worry at least their defense cant get embarrassed this weekend due to the bye week I’m sure Joe Flacco will pick up the defense like he did last week. Oh and another thing….i was just wondering how many super bowls the ravens have been to in the last seven years? Was it 3 like the Steelers? Nope it was zero. Just like your IQ.

  28. randallflagg52 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:38 PM

    rg3andout says:Oct 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    IRG3 is a better name for ol mushmouth

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    RG3 is ol mushmouth? Everytime I hear Andrew “Neckbeard” Luck talk I can’t help but think of the nerd at the local gamestop telling me why I should buy Skyrim instead of the Madden 13. Get real dude…

  29. duncanthecat says: Oct 24, 2012 8:39 PM

    It has been a while since the Redskins traveled to Pittsburgh and not be in fear of the Steelers, but I think this Sunday this will be the case. The Steelers simply don’t strike fear in opponents anymore.

    It will be a close and competative game.

  30. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    Redskins have some sensative pms rainbow boys fans

  31. soundslikehail says: Oct 25, 2012 1:21 AM

    all redskins fans:

    if you post on pft, you are assumed to have at least read the wiki on “trolling”. do not, under any circumstances, feed the wildlife.

  32. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2012 8:10 AM

    Man, I hope it’s nothing serious.

    All the best, London.

  33. mostlombardisintheleague says: Oct 25, 2012 8:13 AM

    Redskins have deficiencies at some key positions and are ranked #32 of 32 against the pass, as in last place, but high against the run. They should be thanking their lucky stars they have Griffin and Morris right now, it’s their only hope.

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