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London Fletcher struggling with life without practice

Giants wide receiver Cruz is tackled by Redskins linebacker Fletcher during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s getting used to being listed as questionable with an ankle injury, and he’s already used to pushing through, as he prepares to play his 237th straight game.

What he’s having a harder time with is getting used to not practicing.

It’s not fun, but it’s just kind of my reality right now,” Fletcher said, via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times. “It’s staying on top of it. Hopefully as you get further away from the initial injury, you can get some recovery. But what happens is, because I’m still playing on it, you don’t get full rest and recovery. But, hey, I got no time to rest right now.”

His practice schedule is essentially limited to Fridays, but they’d prefer having him on Sundays than Wednesdays, especially with the Redskins a game out of the division lead.

“You’d like to be out there to get your normal reps, just get familiar with the offense that you’re facing,” he said. “What happens is your body gets muscle memory and you start to familiarize yourself with plays, so you would like, but you’ve just got to do as much film study as possible and get whatever you can as far as from a physical standpoint.”

Many players would do anything to get out of practice at this time of year. The fact Fletcher misses it might explain why he’s outlasted so many of them.

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7 Responses to “London Fletcher struggling with life without practice”
  1. orakpocalypse says: Dec 8, 2012 9:10 AM

    We miss you too Fletch. This guy is such a beast.

  2. skins716 says: Dec 8, 2012 9:11 AM

    no doubt Fletcher’s been the rock of the defense, but he’s definitely slowed quite a bit. if we don’t find a replacement for him next year or we don’t have anyone stepping up, it’s gonna be another uphill battle for the defense next year

  3. conormacleod says: Dec 8, 2012 9:38 AM

    I wasn’t aware these guys do much more than “walk throughs” at practices anymore. Especially judging by the poor tackling in the NFL nowadays.

  4. mychode says: Dec 8, 2012 9:40 AM

    I mean, we talkin bout practice!
    -Allen Iverson

  5. rg3some says: Dec 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    He’s also struggling in pass coverage.

  6. tincansailor981 says: Dec 8, 2012 12:37 PM

    Much respect cause you’re been a good player but get used to it, your career is coming to a close soon.

  7. jwreck says: Dec 8, 2012 6:16 PM

    skins716 says: Dec 8, 2012 9:11 AM

    no doubt Fletcher’s been the rock of the defense, but he’s definitely slowed quite a bit. if we don’t find a replacement for him next year or we don’t have anyone stepping up, it’s gonna be another uphill battle for the defense next year
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    rg3some says: Dec 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    He’s also struggling in pass coverage.
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    The simple fact is that while Fletcher is certainly slowing a bit, he still has the speed to start for at least another year or two (he blanketed Percy Harvin in the slot in week 6).

    His coverage problems are a result of trying to match him up against the likes of Jimmy Graham, Kevin Rudolph, and Martellus Bennett. It wouldn’t matter if he ran a 4.2, that’s simply a size mismatch. Though Kerrigan could probably cover the opposing tight end, with Orakpo out, Kerrigan is the only legitimate pass-rusher Washington has, meaning that he either needs to rush the quarterback or sit in a low zone every play.

    Next year, with Orakpo back, one of the two linebackers will be free to cover the tight end, allowing Fletcher to play in the box, the slot, at nickel linebacker, or wherever he feels most comfortable.

    Point is, that while Fletcher may be slowing a bit, his coverage problems are not his own fault so much as unforeseen complications of the other injuries on defense.

    In short, while Fletcher,unfortunately, won’t last forever, the Redskins have much more pressing needs in free agency and the draft than middle linebacker, and unless Manti Te’o magically slips into the second round, London’s replacement won’t be seen in Washington until at least 2014.

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