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London Fletcher Active Against Steelers; Games Played Streak Remains Intact

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

PITTSBURGH – London Fletcher will play for the Washington Redskins on Sunday in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite being considered questionable with a hamstring injury and balance issues.


Fletcher was not among the seven players designated as inactive Sunday morning, allowing him to increase his streak of consecutive games played to 232 – the longest such streak in the NFL.

The 37-year-old middle linebacker said Friday he was “encouraged” by being able to go through a full practice but did not specifically address whether he believed he could play against the Steelers.

Fletcher did not practice for the Redskins on Wednesday or Thursday after head coach Mike Shanahan said he was informed of Fletcher’s inability to keep his balance at times on Monday. He spent all of Thursday with a neurologist but was ruled to have not sustained a concussion.

Receiver Pierre Garçon and Brandon Meriweather were previously ruled out by the Redskins earlier in the week because of injuries. Washington’s healthy scratches for Sunday will be quarterback Rex Grossman, cornerback Richard Crawford, right guard Adam Gettis, right guard Josh LeRibeus and defensive end Doug Worthington.

Crawford, a rookie, assumed Cedric Griffin’s role as the nickelback when he strained his hamstring against Cincinnati on Sept. 23, then played extensively in each of the next two games. David Jones then played as the third cornerback against Minnesota on Oct. 14 and Crawford was in for just one play, and when Griffin returned on Oct. 21 against the New York Giants, Crawford was active but did not play.

Pittsburgh announced Friday that four players would not play because of injury: strong safety Troy Polamalu, running back Rashard Mendenhall, right tackle Marcus Gilbert and inside linebacker Brandon Johnson. Also inactive will be running back Isaac Redman, who has been limited because of an ankle injury, as well as quarterback Charlie Batch and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.