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Fletcher's Injury the Top Concern

The Redskins' biggest injury concern ahead of the game against the New York Giants is middle linebacker London Fletcher, someone essentially irreplaceable in this defense. Fletcher is scheduled to get intense treatment much of today, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, for his sprained foot. His teammates are hoping the ligament responds well, as are the coaches.

Fletcher gutted it out against the Seahawks but was not nearly as active as usual. Tomorrow will be a key day in his recovery. If he is on the field at least watching practice - Fletcher and end Andre Carter (foot), are not scheduled to actually participate in the session - the team will be encouraged. If Fletcher is watching on the sidelines and communicating with teammates, that's a very positive sign.

However, if Fletcher continues to receive treatment throughout the afternoon, then it's not looking so good, according to a team source. There would still be several days in which he could recover, but the hope is that he may not need to be in the walking boot by mid-week.

Carter's sprain in his plantar fascia is not as severe, and, if necessary, Carter could have re-entered Sunday's game at Seattle, according to a team source. With the Redskins thin up front in the front seven, there is optimism that he will be able to play (how well the Skins defend the run at the edges could be key factor in the game).

DT Kedric Golston is in the same situation as Fletcher, for the most part, with the team hoping he can at least watch a few practices and hoping his foot/ankle injury responds to treatment. He, too, has been in a walking cast.

By all accounts, however, DT Anthony Montgomery is back. He had a very strong showing during warm-ups Sunday, according to a team source, and looked by far his best since suffering his Achilles' injury. He is expected to practice this week.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 25, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

So if Fletcher is out who gets the beautiful green dot on their helmet?

Posted by: az_david | November 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

reposted:

John -- your thoughts on the Bronco defense ... yup.

in FF, I didn't trust the Packer defense this past week vs Brees, so I went shopping and picked up the Bronco defense. Not because their defense is any good, but they were playing the Raiders who were in the middle of 200 plays without the offense scoring a touchdown.

Naturally, the Raiders torch Denver and I get -3 FF points. Which turned out to be an improvement over GB, who got torched even worse by Brees.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I think Blades becomes the green dot/MLB.

If Fletch can't go, thats a big hurdle to overcome.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

let me be the first to say we are in deep Poopy McPoop if London can't go

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

At this time of the year, I would expect the 'If you don't practice by Thursday you won't play' thing will be out the window......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Fletch really is irreplacable. Please play this week and sit out vs Baltimore if you need to.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Fletch will be ready by Sunday

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The last thing Fletcher needs is practice....rest until 12:45 sunday, than play!

Posted by: chrislarry | November 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Jasno is correct. Fletcher is the irreplaceable player we have on defense (Moss is the most irreplaceable player on the team). Hope he heals quickly.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Also will be interesting to see who the Jints sit on Sunday -- you know they have their eyes on the big prize, so they don't want to take any chances in week 13 that could hurt them in January.

That said, even if they're without Jacobs, they have a daunting attack...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Regarding a previous post stating we bring back LAVAR, thats gotta be greatest idea of the day so far! However, I am just a bit curious as to what he could do at DE.

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | November 25, 2008 3:05 PM

I think it was a suggestion for a seance, not a roster move.

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Fletch hurt
Carter hurt
Golston hurt

So is this the week the muscle strain fairy puts some new soft tissue under Marcus Washington's pillow?

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The jints don't overlook anyone. They found their identity in the final week of the season vs the Pats -- a meaning less game when they played all their starters, all the way. That set the tone -- the jints overlook no one for no reason. Pretty good tone to have set.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Good to have Monty back, but Fletch would be a huge loss.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Look, we're about to bring back Ryan Boschetti. Why don't we bring back Antonio Pierce to fill in for Fletcher?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmm....

This could spell disaster with Brandon Jacobs rolling downhill...

Posted by: jmicrodoc | November 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

te, thats the kind of logic I'm talking about!! Bring back Pierce, Coles, Mason, and Torrence and roll to the Super Bowl....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I say bring back LaVar -- he does catering, right?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If Fletch and MW can't go, that leaves 4 LBs right? Who's the practice squad LB now? Gotta think he "comes up" for the game.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"If Fletcher is watching on the sidelines and communicating with teammates, that's a very positive sign."

How does a foot sprain keep you from communicating??

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

4-12, Octavien!!

[Who may or may not be just another computer code like yourself.]

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

4-12, also Jason Taylor can do some OLB.

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think we go with 5 DBs a bunch if Fletcher can't go. Bring Horton and Landry closer to the line.

Not a great solution, but it puts our better athletes on the field and messes with Eli's passing game.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"If Fletcher is watching on the sidelines and communicating with teammates, that's a very positive sign."

How does a foot sprain keep you from communicating??

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:23 PM

" .... However, if Fletcher continues to receive treatment throughout the afternoon, then it's not looking so good, according to a team source. ..."

These are called "context clues."

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor needs to be the starting RDE in place of Andre Carter. This week, full time.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

te, thats the kind of logic I'm talking about!! Bring back Pierce, Coles, Mason, and Torrence and roll to the Super Bowl....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine what we could do if we brought back Patrick Ramsey.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

You guys might be forgetting, but there was a stint where Blades came in and did pretty well for Fletch last year. I'm not saying it's and ideal situation, but we should be grooming Blades to step in for him sooner or later.

The obvious downside is that Fincher and Khary Chambhell are going to have to man the weak side. Unless Washington can go... Obviously.

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly we basically have 1 LB who is a starter and one to play spot, 2 DE's and one who used to be good, 3 DT.


Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

" .... However, if Fletcher continues to receive treatment throughout the afternoon, then it's not looking so good, according to a team source. ..."

These are called "context clues."

Posted by: dcsween | November 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but it's not nearly as funny when you read it in context.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I think we go with 5 DBs a bunch if Fletcher can't go. Bring Horton and Landry closer to the line.

Not a great solution, but it puts our better athletes on the field and messes with Eli's passing game.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:26 PM


I agree, it only works if the Dline can hold up the OL on run plays and allow the "Safety-backers" to make plays. If they can't and the O-linemen get to the second level, I don't think either Horton or Landry can hold up against those big guys for long.

Posted by: Predator48 | November 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Is Fincher still on the team? Didn't he get signed by KC?

Posted by: Predator48 | November 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Blache is gonna have to bring his A++ game plan for this Sunday.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BEEP

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

+++I think Fletch will be ready by Sunday

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage +++

I think the economic crisis will be solved by Sunday, too.

Posted by: TheCork | November 25, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Octavien? Hmmmm.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Octavien means *beep beep*

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

first of all...
FLETCHER will play.

if not, go three safeties with Springs in there and keep landry/horton closer to the line...

amani toomer isn't exactly going to blow by anyone...

Posted by: carsonspence | November 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Alfred Fincher is a tackling machine...

Posted by: Ilikecougars | November 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Blades for Fletcher is a loss for the defense although I think Blades can play. But the real story is the sorry state of the defensive line.

Unless we get some out of the box performances from guys like Demetric Evans and Anthony Montgomery, the Giants are likely to dominate on the ground as they did in the first game.

By the way, if you want to see the epitome of a bust just look at #55 on the field.

Jason Taylor has made perhaps 3 or 4 plays this season for the Redskins.

He doesn't get sacks. He doesn't make tackles. He doesn't force fumbles. He doesn't stop the run.

Tell me again when this guy was NFL Defensive MVP? Must have been 1965 not 2005.

I think Sam Huff at age 70 could get on the field and make a greater impact for the Redskins.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 25, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

jasno, seriously how many times are you gonna say "according to a team source"? You say it like every other sentence. Look man you don't have to pretend to quote a team source for us to believe what your telling us. You seem like a fairly intelligent person. Your getting so hooked on team source this and team source that it is actually taking away from the enjoyment of reading your postings. Hmmm are you just going a bit over board to tease a particular person? I like your postings and i like his show so i am staying neutral. so i am speaking from a fans point of view when i ask you to lay off the source this and that routine.
otherwise great insight.

Posted by: snyper94z28 | November 25, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

How many points did Washington score against the Steelers at home? Against the Cowboys? I think there are bigger problems going into this game than the team's MLB.

Posted by: CompulsiveCollector | November 26, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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