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London Fletcher Continues Evaluation Of Issues Related To Balance

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – London Fletcher had spent approximately six or seven hours meeting with specialists as of Thursday afternoon to try to determine the cause of his balance problems, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.

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The Washington Redskins’ inside linebacker began experiencing issues late Monday, the head coach said, and was visiting with neurologists in an effort to diagnose whether he had sustained a concussion.

“Obviously, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and we’ll have him evaluated by the best people and find out what they think,” Shanahan said.

If Fletcher is diagnosed with a concussion, it would be likely he would not play Sunday at Pittsburgh, ending a streak of 231 consecutive appearances that began with the season opener in 1998 – his first professional game.

He’s also been battling a strained hamstring, which occurred in the third quarter of the Redskins’ loss to the New York Giants last weekend and forced him to leave the game.

“It would be weird from the situation he’s been in, whatever his streak is – 231,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “That would be a different feeling, obviously, but we feel good about the guys we’re playing.”

Shanahan declined to say whether Fletcher’s balance issues trace back to the preseason, when he missed several days because of an undisclosed illness.

If Fletcher is cleared before Sunday’s game, Shanahan said he’d have no problem allowing him to return to action.

“But I’m sure he’s a little bit scared, too,” Shanahan said. “I mean, London’s a smart guy, but at the same time, he wants to play, and he understands that if there’s something wrong with your balance, that’s a pretty tough situation to be in and he’s smart enough not to put his body in a situation that could hurt him.”

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