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London Fletcher Trying To Remain Level-Headed In Addressing Balance Issues

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – After returning to practice on Friday and playing for the Washington Redskins in their loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, linebacker London Fletcher said he’s ready to move past the balance issues that were a concern all of last week.

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“I mean, let’s not mistake this thing and blow it up or take it out of context, so to speak,” Fletcher said. “It wasn’t like I was walking around and all of a sudden feeling like I was drunk or anything like that. It wasn’t that type of deal.”

Fletcher did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday last week after he approached members of the Redskins’ athletic training staff and reported he had issues maintaining his balance. He later admitted that those issues traced back to the preseason, and he went neurological testing all day Thursday to determine the cause of the issue.

“Any time you’re dealing with something that’s not just a muscle or something like that, [and] you’re talking about balance and things like that where you have to take neurological tests and stuff like that – sure, it’s scary,” Fletcher said. “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t on my mind and things like that, but I was just happy to get some answers on stuff like that.”

He said on Friday he was “encouraged” by the results and that a concussion had been ruled out, and he had six tackles against the Steelers.

In fact, he was more concerned about the right hamstring strain he incurred against the New York Giants a week earlier – one that caused him to leave the game in the third quarter and not allow him to return.

He practiced in full for the Redskins on Wednesday, signifying that he’ll more than likely play against Carolina on Sunday – pushing his consecutive games streak to 233, the longest in the NFL.

“He was out there practicing very hard,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He had a great practice today. I thought coming back after the game, I didn’t expect him to have such a good practice, but he did, so hopefully, it doesn’t come back and there isn’t a problem.”

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