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London Fletcher’s streak is in jeopardy, again

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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.

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12 Responses to “London Fletcher’s streak is in jeopardy, again”
  1. rg3andthensome says: Nov 20, 2012 9:39 PM

    Make it happen London!!! We need you out there!

  2. sadskinsfan89 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:53 PM

    Shanahan needs to just sit him. He has been a liability lately because of injuries. They need to at least take him out in nickel packages the speed is just not there.

  3. mataug says: Nov 20, 2012 10:21 PM

    why not just do what QBs like Favre and Manning did, play a snap(or rather a drive) and then you are out… in his case, he can be brought in for specific packages

  4. raiderapologist says: Nov 20, 2012 10:32 PM

    My best guess is that Shanahan will age better than Fletcher, even though Shanahan was a post-war baby and Fletcher was a child of the 70’s.

  5. tbtrojan says: Nov 20, 2012 11:51 PM

    Not to knock Londons streak BUT he isn’t tied with Ronde at all.
    The 234 you saw was the overall number of starts Ronde has (209 straight to Fletchers 193), Fletcher has 218 starts. Barber has appeared in 250 straight games.
    Any way you look at it Fletcher is a full seasons worth of games behind Ronde

  6. cleminem757 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:07 AM

    It is going to take a lot more than a sprained ankle to keep 59 off the field!!! HTTR!!!!

  7. mungman69 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:10 AM

    With the Redskins losing all these players they may never win another game. Wait, they play the Eagles again.

  8. ttgb2 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:12 AM

    As someone who lives in the DC area but follows another team (Broncos) I can assure you that London Fletcher is a hell of a player. It’s really sad to me, because the fact that he’s been stuck with (or stuck by, however you want to see it) the Redskins for so long has pretty much prevented him from becoming a household name.

    If Fletcher played for Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, or the Jets (a few years ago), he would be being paid much more money and have endorsement deals everywhere.

  9. drgreenstreak says: Nov 21, 2012 6:23 AM

    Have him start and play the entire game.

  10. stevenray72 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:54 AM

    We want Dallas! Fletcher will play.

  11. londonfletcher59 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:21 PM

    Sometimes streaks like this give players, and teams, that extra boost to play hard. I’m not saying that he’s not hurt enough to bench, but if he can play, by all means.

  12. jwreck says: Nov 21, 2012 4:30 PM

    tbtrojan says: Nov 20, 2012 11:51 PM

    Not to knock Londons streak BUT he isn’t tied with Ronde at all.
    The 234 you saw was the overall number of starts Ronde has (209 straight to Fletchers 193), Fletcher has 218 starts. Barber has appeared in 250 straight games.
    Any way you look at it Fletcher is a full seasons worth of games behind Ronde
    _____________
    Ronde didn’t start in his first season. His second season was 1998, when he and Fletcher both started every game for their teams. It’s called looking it up.

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