Veteran linebacker London Fletcher has appeared in 234 straight games. He may not get to 235.
Fletcher, who overcame a hamstring injury and a balance problem in order to extend the number from 231 to 232 last month, now has an ankle injury. He missed practice on Tuesday, and the short week prior to a Thanksgiving date with Dallas will make it difficult for him to keep the string going.
“It matters to London,” coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday. “It matters to us, not necessarily the streak, but playing. And there is a reason why he has played all those games because he plays when he is hurt and hopefully he will be able to play. But I can’t tell you for sure.”
Shanahan said that Fletcher likely will be tested during pregame warmups, with a decision made then.
Fletcher and Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber are tied with 234 straight appearances, the most among all active players.