Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that linebacker London Fletcher is not only dealing with a hamstring injury, but he will also need to undergo neurological testing due to a "balance problem." Fletcher did not practice Wednesday. The 37-year-old had an MRI on his hamstring injury and the results wer positive, suggesting he'd only be out day-to-day. This balance problem suggests he may have sustained a concussion yet there has been no news regarding such an injury.
Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games, having never missed a game in his 15-year career spanning back to the 1998 season. Fletcher is currently tied with Tampa Bay Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber in consecutive games played, ranking them tied for 11th in NFL history. Fletcher has 1,275 career tackles according to Pro-Football-Reference.com (NFL didn't count tackles as an official stat until 2001). This is a big blow to IDP owners as Fletcher has been a fantasy staple for his entire career. Look for Washington's Perry Riley to pick up the slack if Fletcher misses time. Perry is currently tied for 12th in the NFL with 57 total tackles behind Fletcher's 59.