Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive NFL games. So to speculate that he might not be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Steelers in Pittsburgh is no light thing. Personally, I'll believe Fletcher's not playing when I see it and not a moment before.
However, it is worth noting that the 37-year-old leader of the Washington defense missed practice Wednesday due to two separate physical issues -- a hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's game and some balance problems for which he's now scheduled to see a neurologist. Per Mike Jones at The Washington Post:
Fletcher was on the practice field at Redskins Park Wednesday but did not participate in drills.
"I'll talk to you all later," Fletcher said to reporters as he left the field. "I did what I could."
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Fletcher's hamstring still was sore. Shanahan said that Fletcher also was experiencing some problems with his balance and would see a neurologist about that issue. Shanahan said he found out about Fletcher’s balance issue late Monday and hopes it is not a serious problem.
Obviously, it's worth keeping tabs on this as the week goes along. Obviously, there have been times during his streak when Fletcher has not been healthy enough to practice during the week but was still able to start the game Sunday. So they're obviously a long way from ruling him out.
Fletcher's streak ties him with Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber for the longest current consecutive-games streak and the 12th-longest in NFL history.