London Fletcher did not practice again, raising questions about the linebacker’s availability for Thursday’s game in Dallas – and his ironman streak.
Fletcher has played in 234 consecutive games, which is tied for the most among active players. But the 37-year-old said he won’t know until after pregame warm-ups if he’ll be able to suit up.
“The fact that it’s a short week doesn’t help,” said Fletcher, who did not practice on Monday or Tuesday. “That’s my main concern; I have three less days to heal. Only thing I can do is get as much treatment as possible. Let the training staff do their thing and see how I feel in pregame. That will be pretty much the deal.”
Fletcher said he does not anticipate “testing” his sprained left ankle until Thursday. The ankle, which was injured in Sunday's victory over the Eagles, was wrapped tightly as he spoke to reporters.
“It felt worse [Monday] but a little bit better today,” Fletcher said. “It’s still not where I need to be.”
If Fletcher does not play, the longest current consecutive game streak will belong to Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber.
Coach Mike Shanahan, though, isn't going to bet against Fletcher.
“There’s a reason he’s played all those games,” Shanahan said. “It’s because he plays when he’s hurt. Hopefully he’ll be able to play, but I can’t tell you for sure.”