Fletcher misses second consecutive practice

Fletcher misses second consecutive practice

Shanahan on the possibility of London Fletcher missing Steeler game

October 25, 2012, 4:15 pm
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London Fletcher missed a second straight practice on Thursday because of hamstring and head injuries, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Fletcher left Sunday’s loss to the Giants early in the fourth quarter after straining his right hamstring while dropping back in coverage. A day later, the 37-year-old linebacker began complaining of balance issues as well. 

“We’ve had him, since this morning, with a specialist [being] evaluated for his balance issues,” Shanahan said. 

As of 3:30 p.m., Fletcher was still meeting with the doctor, Shanahan said.

Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games, the longest such streak among active players. If he does not suit up Sunday in Pittsburgh, that distinction would then belong to Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber, who will appear in his 231st straight game tonight.

Shanahan, however, was not ready to rule out Fletcher for the Steelers game.

Shanahan said Fletcher has not complained of balance issues in the past. The coach also said he could not pinpoint a specific play that might have caused Fletcher’s condition.

Asked if the linebacker is being evaluated for a concussion, Shanahan said: “He’s being evaluated for his balance issue. That’s why he’s with a specialist. So we can find out what’s wrong. Until he’s evaluated, we don’t know what it is.”

Shanahan said the doctor Fletcher is visiting is a neurologist.