- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

London Fletcher’s streak of 231 regular-season NFL games played could be in jeopardy Sunday. The Washington Redskins middle linebacker missed Wednesday’s practice with balance problems to go with a sore right hamstring suffered in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.

Fletcher holds the active record for consecutive games played. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went as far as to say that because of the streak, which dates to Sept. 6, 1998, he wasn’t preparing for the Redskins without Fletcher.

But the balance problems led to Fletcher needing to see an independent neurologist and team doctor Anthony Casolaro.

“I’m hoping it’s nothing very serious, but that’s why he’s talking to Dr. Casolaro and a neurologist to find out why he’s having a little problem with his balance,” coach Mike Shanahan said.

Shanahan made it clear that the balance issues were separate from the hamstring injury.

Fletcher declined to comment while walking off the field following practice.

“I’ll talk to y’all later,” he said. “I did what I could.”

Fletcher, 37, could be replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Lorenzo Alexander or rookie fourth-round pick Keenan Robinson. Alexander got most of the snaps Sunday after Fletcher left the game.

Asked if he was concerned about Fletcher being out for the Steelers game, Shanahan deferred comment until Thursday.

“Let’s get a review from a doctor, see what they have to say,” he said. “We got two great guys in there today looking at him. I’ll give you more to know tomorrow.”

Fletcher leads the Redskins with 59 combined tackles. He was re-signed in the offseason to a two-year deal.

Griffin focused on football

When Robert Griffin III reported to his first NFL training camp in late July, he and his representatives at Creative Artists Agency said he was finished with marketing opportunities until after his rookie season. On Tuesday, however, Griffin spent a portion of his off day doing a series of media interviews as part of some promotional work.

The publisher of a new video game is auctioning a painting featuring Griffin’s likeness. According to a website Griffin published on his Twitter account Tuesday, the painting was created to “celebrate the upcoming launch” of the video game, with proceeds going to Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to get young people engaged in the political process.

As Griffin approaches the halfway point of the season as a front-runner for rookie of the year, he said his openness to marketing projects during the season is the same as it was in July and he remains focused on football.

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