Fletcher Says He's a Game-Time Decision
Jason Reid reports:
Middle linebacker London Fletcher (sprained foot) did not wear a protective walking boot today but sat out practice for the third consecutive day and said he would be a game-time decision Sunday as the Washington Redskins play host to the New York Giants at FedEx Field.
"I'm feeling better, not a hundred percent, but who is a hundred percent at this stage of the season?" Fletcher said after practice at Redskins Park. "I'm hopeful that I can play, but right now I couldn't say a definitive, 'Yes, I'm going to be able to play.' I've got to be able to go out there and be me; do the things I need to do to help my team."
The leader of the Redskins' defense, Fletcher was injured in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field. He has a team-high 86 tackles, including 60 unassisted, according to the Redskins' charts.
Among the league's most durable players, Fletcher has started every game his teams have played since the 2001 season, and has not missed a game in his 11-year career. Fletcher often has played despite the pain of injuries "in the past that I just had to suck it up and deal with it, and this one is another one," he said. "It's a different type of injury than I've ever had before, so it's just something" he hopes to overcome.
The Redskins (7-4) trail the Dallas Cowboys (8-4) and division-leading Giants (10-1) in the NFC East. Fletcher had a team-leading 17 tackles, including 12 unassisted, in a 16-7 season-opening loss to Giants on Sept. 4 at Giants Stadium.
If Fletcher plays, second-year linebacker H.B. Blades would start in place of strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington (ankle), who has been ruled out. Without Fletcher and Washington in the lineup, Blades would start in the middle and fourth-year player Alfred Fincher would play in place of Washington.
"You've always got to be ready," Blades said. "If someone goes down, you've got to be prepared to step up and help the team. That's the reason they have you here. You've got a job to do."
Said Fletcher: "You want to be out there and be able to play well. But at the same time, you have to be smart, too."
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