London Fletcher Keeps Streaks Intact By Starting In Victory Over Giants
LANDOVER, Md. – Though he was able to play against the New York Giants on Monday, Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said after the 17-16 victory that his sprained left ankle is likely to be a problem through the remainder of the season.
“It’s just kind of what I’m gonna have to do probably from here on out,” Fletcher said. “With the ankle, it gets progressively better as the week goes. It still doesn’t get to 100 percent. But after the game and during the game I’m putting a lot of stress on it that you normally wouldn’t on it in a normal situation, so they like to put me back in the [walking] boot to kind of calm it down for a couple of days. That’s kind of what we got to do.”
Fletcher originally injured his ankle midway through the first quarter of the Redskins’ victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 18 and has not completed a full practice since.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said after the Redskins defeated Dallas on Thanksgiving that he was fairly certain the ankle injury would have kept Fletcher from playing in that game.
The linebacker played in his 236th consecutive game on Monday – each one dating back to his debut in the 1998 opener for St. Louis – and had a team-high 12 tackles.
He was part of the last Redskins team that played in the playoffs in 2008. With the victory, Washington is inching closer to doing so again for the first time in four years.
“It was a huge win,” Fletcher said. “You think about it – we lose this game, we go down three games against the Giants with four games left. It would have been highly unlikely for us to have a realistic chance of winning this division. But now we’re a game back. [We] just made it very interesting for next week and these remaining ballgames.”