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London Fletcher Misses Practice With Hamstring Injury, ‘Balance Problem’

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – London Fletcher did not practice with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday after he strained his hamstring in the road loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, but he has also been experiencing problems with his balance, head coach Mike Shanahan said.


Fletcher, 37, will meet with team physician Anthony Casolaro and an independent neurologist later Wednesday, Shanahan said, though he did not say whether Fletcher had a concussion. It wasn’t until Monday night that Shanahan first found out about the linebacker’s issues.

“I’m hoping it’s nothing very serious,” Shanahan said. “That’s why he’s talking to Dr. Casolaro and a neurologist to determine why he’s having problems with his balance.”

Fletcher declined comment Wednesday, saying that he “did what [he] could” at practice. He walked off the field without a helmet and was patrolling the sidelines during the half hour of practice open to the media earlier that afternoon.

He left during the third quarter on Sunday with a hamstring injury and was unable to return.

The linebacker has played in 231 consecutive games dating back to his debut for St. Louis in the first game of the 1998 season and has started the last 186 games he’s played in. It’s the longest active games-played streak in the NFL by one game over Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber, whose team has already had its bye week, and the most consecutive starts at his position.

“I’m not saying that we’re worried,” Shanahan said. “Let’s get a review from the doctor, see what they have to say. We’ve got two great guys in there today looking at him, and we’ll know more tomorrow.”

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