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.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.
UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.
For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.
Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well.
There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.
Expect many questions about the fine to come.