The Washington Times - October 25, 2012, 02:11PM

Linebacker London Fletcher’s status for the Redskins’ game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt because of head and hamstring injuries.

Fletcher did not attend practice Thursday because he was undergoing up to seven hours of neurological testing. Fletcher on Monday afternoon informed Redskins head athletic trainer Larry Hess that he was experiencing balance problems, coach Mike Shanahan said.


The Redskins expect to learn results of the neurological testing Thursday night.

Shanahan was asked if Fletcher is subject to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

“He’s being evaluated so we can find out if he should go in,” Shanahan said. “We don’t know. It’s a balance issue, and we’re doing everything we can to find out where he’s at.”

Even if the cause of Fletcher’s balance problems is not serious enough to sideline him, he still has to contend with a strained hamstring he suffered against the New York Giants last Sunday.

“I know the hamstring needed some rest,” Shanahan said. “You can’t do a lot with hamstrings if you can’t run. I’m sure his hamstring is getting better. Could he play? I can’t tell you that for sure until we go out on the field. And until we find out what the problem is with his balance, we can’t do that, as well.”

Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber would move into a tie with Fletcher if he plays Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings.