London Fletcher did not practice with the Redskins on Wednesday due to a strained hamstring and balance issues, Coach Mike Shanahan said.
Fletcher suffered the hamstring strain early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Giants and did not return to the game. It’s unclear when the linebacker began suffering the balance issues.
“He’s got some problems with his balance,” Shanahan said. The coach added that Fletcher, who watched Wednesday’s practice, has been under the care of team doctor Dr. Anthony Casolaro and a neurologist.
“It was Monday evening when I found out,” Shanahan said of Fletcher’s balance issues.
Asked if he’s concerned that Fletcher won’t be able to suit up Sunday in Pittsburgh, Shanahan said: “Before we say we’re worried, let’s get a review from the doctors and see what they have to say. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive NFL games, which is the longest active streak in the league. That would appear to be in jeopardy.
With Washington's loss to Arizona on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have become the first team in the NFL to officially clinch a playoff spot.
That loss came after Dallas defeated Minnesota earlier in the week.
Dallas is 11-1. The Giants lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday to fall to 8-4. The Redskins are 6-5-1. The Eagles are 5-7.
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Redskins center Spencer Long left the Redskins game with a concussion and will not return for action against the Cardinals.
Long injured himself in the second quarter and was helped off the field by medical staff. Initially, his injury was called a shoulder issue and he was questionnable to return.
The initial report also said Long did not sustain a concussion.Then, the news came that Long was re-evaluated and determined to have suffered a concussion.
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With Long out, the Redskins turned to John Sullivan at center. Both while Long was playing and with Sullivan at center, the 'Skins O-line has struggled against Arizona, dealing with penalties and consistent pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.
In his third year out of Nebraska, Long was drafted to be a guard but converted to center once Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt earlier this season. Long's play has been steady and at times quite strong, a positive development for the franchise.