Fletcher back at practice, questionable for Steelers

Fletcher back at practice, questionable for Steelers
October 26, 2012, 2:00 pm
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After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, London Fletcher rejoined his teammates on Friday and participated fully in individual and team drills, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“I was encouraged by today,” Fletcher said. “There’s still another 48 hours before the game, so hopefully I’ll keep improving.”

The 37-year-old linebacker is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh. 
Fletcher suffered a strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss at the Giants and did not return to the game. On Monday, he complained of balance problems and spent much of the day Thursday being examined by a neurologist.

Fletcher acknowledged that the balance problems have affected him for “a couple of weeks now” but he did not alert the team until earlier this week. Although doctors have not yet determined what exactly has caused the balance issues, he said, a concussion has been ruled out

"The tests came back as positive as they could," Shanahan said of the neurological exams. "We'll find out in the next 48 hours exactly how he does feel. I don't think you ever know for sure."

Fletcher, the team's leader in tackles, said the hamstring is “not 100-percent.” But, like the balance problems, it's also improving, he said. 

Fletcher is tied with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber for the most consecutive games for an active player. Both have suited up for 231 straight contests.

“I really don’t think about [the streak] until other people talk about it,” Fletcher said. “I’ve always taken the mindset that if I can play a game, I’ll play a game. It just happens that it’s been every game.”

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