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Aggravation Of Sprained Left Ankle Keeps London Fletcher Out Of Practice

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – London Fletcher did not attend the Washington Redskins’ practice on Monday because of a sprained left ankle that head coach Mike Shanahan said is still very sore.


Fletcher played 58 of 77 defensive snaps in the Redskins’ 38-31 victory at Dallas on Thursday and finished the game with four tackles and an interception, which he returned 10 yards with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter.

He left the game early in the fourth quarter after aggravating the ankle, which he sprained in the Redskins’ victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 18.

“For him not to be out there the last couple series means that it’s quite sore, but I was really pleased with the way that he played and how long he played,” Shanahan said. “The fact that he was in that boot earlier in the week, you could tell that he couldn’t put any weight on it for a couple days, and to come out the day before and kind of fight through it and then that he played – it’s really pretty remarkable.”

Fletcher was limited in practice the day before the game, but he was not involved at all in the previous two days’ preparation. Shanahan said Friday he didn’t think Fletcher had a chance to play given the way he was walking on the ankle.

With the Redskins hosting the Monday night game next week, Fletcher will have 10 days between games to rest the ankle. Asked if whether Fletcher could play in that game against the New York Giants, Shanahan smiled.

“I wouldn’t be concerned about London, because he always seems to be there,” Shanahan said. “I used to worry about it, just like you. I don’t worry about it anymore. He always seems to be ready to go.”

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