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Fletcher misses second consecutive practice

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Fletcher misses second consecutive practice

London Fletcher missed a second straight practice on Thursday because of hamstring and head injuries, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Fletcher left Sunday’s loss to the Giants early in the fourth quarter after straining his right hamstring while dropping back in coverage. A day later, the 37-year-old linebacker began complaining of balance issues as well. 

“We’ve had him, since this morning, with a specialist [being] evaluated for his balance issues,” Shanahan said. 

As of 3:30 p.m., Fletcher was still meeting with the doctor, Shanahan said.

Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games, the longest such streak among active players. If he does not suit up Sunday in Pittsburgh, that distinction would then belong to Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber, who will appear in his 231st straight game tonight.

Shanahan, however, was not ready to rule out Fletcher for the Steelers game.

Shanahan said Fletcher has not complained of balance issues in the past. The coach also said he could not pinpoint a specific play that might have caused Fletcher’s condition.

Asked if the linebacker is being evaluated for a concussion, Shanahan said: “He’s being evaluated for his balance issue. That’s why he’s with a specialist. So we can find out what’s wrong. Until he’s evaluated, we don’t know what it is.”

Shanahan said the doctor Fletcher is visiting is a neurologist.

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Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Jay Gruden doesn't always get a lot of attention from national media, which should be considered something of a victory for the Redskins after all of the focus on his predecessor Mike Shanahan. 

But looking at Gruden's work over three years, he does deserve some recognition for taking the team from 4-12 his first season to consecutive winning records, including an NFC East title in 2015. 

Steven Ruiz, writing for USA TODAY's For The Win, gave the Redskins coach some love in a ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches. 

He slotted Gruden at No. 12, above all other NFC East coaches. 

Ruiz cites Gruden's unflappability amid personnell and front office changes, as well as his development of Kirk Cousins into a franchise quarterback in a very productive Redskins offense. 

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Ruiz ranks Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at No. 16, reasoning that it's not hard to succeed when you pair one of the best offensive lines in the league with superstar rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. 

New York's Ben McAddo and Philadelphia's Doug Pederson rank No. 21 and 26, respectively. 

Interestingly, two Redskins offensive coordinators who've since taken head coaching jobs – Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay – fall way behind at No. 29 and 30. Both coaches have been rumored draws for Cousins once he hits free agency in 2018. 

Going back to Gruden, he deserves credit beyond giving Cousins the starting QB job. He's become well-liked and respected by Washington's players despite dealing with big-personality additions like DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman.

After the Redskins finished his first season with a 4-12 record, the team rebounded to win the NFC East in 2015 and then narrowly missed the playoffs with an 8-7 record in 2016. 

If Cousins plays up to his one-year, $24 million franchise tag, Gruden has a chance to continue building his coaching reputation. 

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 11-20. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A former top pick who has to come through after a rookie season lost to injury.

—Kirk Cousins’ front-side protector.   

—Two free agent acquisitions.

—A third-year player in a pivotal season.    

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 11-53.

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