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.