Taking Over Games Streak Not On London Fletcher’s Mind
With the retirement of safety Ronde Barber during the offseason, the inside linebacker will hold sole possession of the longest consecutive games-played streak if he faces the Eagles on Monday.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Should London Fletcher play in the Redskins’ season-opener against the Eagles on Monday, he’ll take over sole possession of the longest active consecutive games streak in the league.
Fletcher, 38, has played in 240 consecutive games – every one since the first week of the 1998 season, when he was a rookie with the Rams – and finished last season tied with Buccaneers safety Ronde Barber for the longest active streak. Barber retired during the offseason and is now a Fox Sports television analyst.
The 241-game streak would pull him within two of former Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski for the most consecutive games played by a defensive player since 1970.
“You can’t get caught up on that,” Fletcher said. “You can’t focus on that. It’s just one game at a game. Right now, we’ve got the Eagles. I’ve got enough on my plate to worry about. I’m trying to figure out how to stop their offense.”
Fletcher is entering the final season of a two-year, $10.75 million contract, and he’s given no indication whether he’ll continue to play beyond this year.
The linebacker also underwent the first two surgeries of his career this offseason, correcting problems in his left ankle and his right elbow.
“I’ve been able to do all the things that I would normally do in an offseason as far as conditioning-wise and prep for the season,” Fletcher said. “The surgeries seem so long ago, I really don’t think about them much because you know, I feel so much better after having had the surgeries. For me, like I said, since mid-May, early June, I’ve been doing what I normally do.”