Redskins Fletcher skips practice, sees neurologist


Redskins Fletcher skips practice, sees neurologist

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was being evaluated by a neurologist for a possible head injury Thursday and missed practice for a second consecutive day, putting his 15-year consecutive-games streak in doubt.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Fletcher was checked for about six hours by a doctor for a ``balance issue.'' Shanahan listed the 37-year-old Fletcher as not practicing because of head and hamstring problems.

``If he's able to go, you know he's going to be able to go. But I'm sure he's a little scared, too, because any time you deal with a balance issue, it's something that's out of your control,'' Shanahan said. ``London's a smart guy. He wants to play, but at the same time, he understands that if there's something wrong with your balance, that's a pretty tough situation to be in and he's smart enough not to put his body into a situation that could hurt him.''

Shanahan said he did not know whether Fletcher has a concussion and wouldn't be able to provide more information about the player's status until Friday.

Fletcher has appeared in 231 NFL games in a row since entering the league as an undrafted rookie with the St. Louis Rams in 1998.

He left Washington's 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday in the second half with what the team said was a right hamstring injury.

The Redskins (3-4) are at the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) on Sunday.

``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,'' Shanahan said.

The team didn't know about the balance problem until Monday, according to Shanahan. Fletcher attended practice on Wednesday but didn't take part, then limped off the field.

Fletcher's consecutive-games streak is the longest among active players, and the second longest for any defensive player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Fletcher and Tampa Bay defensive back Ronde Barber have usually been tied atop the active list, but Fletcher moved one game ahead this month when the Buccaneers had their bye week.

Fletcher came close to missing a game three previous times - last season because of a hamstring, in 2008 because of a foot, and in 2005 because of a hamstring while with the Buffalo Bills.

In August, Fletcher missed a series of practices and a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. At the time, Shanahan said Fletcher was ``not feeling right'' but did not give any details.

If he is out Sunday, backup inside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander would take Fletcher's spot and wear the headset helmet that allows contact with the sideline.

``What you lose from London is obviously the leadership role, the passion and energy that he brings to the game, much like a Ray Lewis,'' Alexander said. ``Obviously you can't match what he brings to the game experience-wise - there's not too many guys who have played 15 years and have called out defenses - but am I capable of going in there and playing and getting in there and winning a game for us as well? Yes.''

The Redskins continue to be without receiver Pierre Garcon, who said Thursday he's hoping to avoid surgery after a doctor told him he has a torn ligament on the bottom of his right foot.

``He wants to play, and he tried to push through that pain, and it just got to be so bad he couldn't be effective,'' Shanahan said.

Garcon described the injury that's sidelined him for four of Washington's past six games as a ``plantar plate tear'' near his second toe. The plantar plate is a ligament that holds a toe in its joint.

``Surgery is an option. Probably done for the year. But we don't really want to think about that at all,'' Garcon said. ``I don't want to have surgery. I've never had surgery before, so want to keep my streak alive. But it could be a possibility if it doesn't heal right. They have to go in there and fix the ligament, if it needs to be fixed.''

Garcon only has eight catches for 153 yards this season, his first with the Redskins after signing a $42.5 million, five-year contract as a free agent.

He visited a foot specialist Wednesday and was told the injury probably can't worsen if Garcon plays on it, ``but it can feel worse.''

The toe began bothering him during the preseason, Garcon said, and he ``felt a pop'' during Washington's victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Garcon had four catches for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown pass from Griffin, in that game.

He missed the next two games, returned for two, and has been sidelined again the past two weeks.

``I played with it. I can play with it. But I can't really run full speed. I can't really explode, be fast,'' Garcon said Thursday. ``Trying to get treatment and trying to get back out there as fast as we can, but there's no real timetable set for it or no real specific treatment to get it healed.''


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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

When John Wall re-signed with Adidas this past January, it was time to stock his shoe closet with all the newest, most exclusive Three Stripes designs. 

The brand is known for its designer collaborations and limited releases that can push the pricetags up into the hundreds. 

Cost is no object for Wall, who invited Chris Miller into the shoe closet of his Miami mansion. You can watch the full closet tour in the video player above.

Wall keeps thousands of dollars of footwear organized inside specially lit display cases. But what are his favorites? He pulled out six Adidas designs he's been loving this the summer. 

1. Raf Simons Replicant Ozweego Independence Day – These sneakers are the product of Adidas's collaboration with Belgian designer Raf Simons, who has worked as creative director of fashion houses Christian Dior and Calvin Klein. Wall got his hands on the Independence Day colorway of these sneakers before they were released in July. They're available retail for $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Yeezy Boost 700 "Wave Runner" – Designed as part of Kanye West's Yeezy collection, the "Wave Runner" has been a popular model since its first release in February 2017. A third release is scheduled sometime later this year, but to purchase them now, Flight Club sells pairs ranging from $575 to $1,320

3. Twinstrike ADV – Wall has the Twinstrike in multiple bold colorways. The shoe debuted late in 2017 and is more attainable than the first two pairs he showed off. They're available at Barneys New York for $180

4. EQT Support Ultra King Push “Bodega Babies” – These EQT Support sneakers got an update in collaboration with rapper Pusha T. The sock-style primeknit has been a popular design feature for Adidas. The sneakers are limited release, but retail at $220 at Barneys New York.

5. Pharrell NMD Hu Trail “Holi" in Pink Glow – This exclusive collaboration with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams was inspired by the Holi festival of colors in India. Released in limited quantities in early March of 2018, the shoe's retail price was $250. To buy a pair now, it'll cost anywhere from $325 to $480 at Flight Club

6. Originals Gazelle – Finally, Wall gets to a classic! The Gazelle was originally designed in the mid-1960s and became one of Adidas's most recognizable, popular designs throughout the brand's history. They're popular, easy to find and affordable. The Adidas website has a whole section devoted to the Gazelle, which comes in men's, women's and kids' sizes. A standard pair of men's costs around $80 at retail

For those not keeping track, the six shoes above combine to cost around $2,000 or more. But whether people can afford them or not isn't the point. 

Wall told Miller how he couldn't afford the sneakers he loved as a kid, but still kept track of all the new releases and special styles. As he made money and started to build his shoe collection, he treated it like collecting fine art.

But also like art, you don't have to own designer sneakers to appreciate them. 

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