Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher plans to continue his career next season and will have two surgeries this month to help him in that effort, according to a report by CBS DC.
The 15-year veteran was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing left ankle. He is scheduled to have elbow surgery later in March, according to the report.
Fletcher could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Fletcher, who turns 38 in May, said on Feb. 26 the continuation of his career depended on his health.
“If I can get myself healthy enough to play, play at the level I am capable of playing, that I am use to playing, I will be back,” he said on NFL Network.
How seriously Fletcher contemplated retirement is unclear. Several members of the Redskins organization never wavered in their belief Fletcher would play in 2013. After the Redskins lost to Seattle in the playoffs in January, he said he would take some time to contemplate his future, but he emphasized that had become a normal part of offseason routine in recent years.
During that time, Fletcher served separate stints as a guest studio analyst for ESPN and NFL Network. Some players near the end of their careers try out media roles to gauge interest in a possible occupation for after football.
Fletcher has played in each of the last four Pro Bowls as an alternate. He missed an uncharacteristic number of tackles early in 2012, but he played at a high level during the Redskins’ season-ending seven-game win streak. His 188 tackles, according to coaches’ review, led the team. He had a career-high five interceptions.
He is scheduled to account for $6.2 million against the Redskins 2013 salary cap. That includes a $5.5 million base salary. This season is the last in the two-year deal he signed last April. It technically was a five-year contract, but the last three years voided last month.