Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 20, two days before the Redskins take on the Cowboys in Dallas.
Will Fletcher play?
Earlier this year it appeared that London Fletcher’s consecutive games streak was in serious jeopardy. Going into the Redskins Week 8 game in Pittsburgh Fletcher was not only dealing with a hamstring pull suffered in the Giants game but he also was being examined for balance issues.
He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday that week, often a sign that a player will not be able to play. But Fletcher practiced the Friday before the game and started on Sunday, extending his iron man streak to 232 games.
The streak now stands at 234 and again it is in jeopardy. He sat out a good chunk of Sunday’s win over the Eagles with a sprained ankle and on Monday he was in a walking boot and did not practice.
What is working against Fletcher this week is, of course, the calendar. They have three days off to get ready for the Cowboys and that may not be enough time for the ankle to rehab.
On the other hand, if Fletcher is well enough to be able to gut it out—in other words, if he can walk—he will have 10 days to rest and rehab for next the next game on Dec. 3 against the Giants.
If Fletcher can’t go it is anticipated that Lorenzo Alexander will start at Mike linebacker with rookie Keenan Robinson coming in on some passing downs.
This decision could go down to the last minute, we will keep you informed.
Smith, Murray likely out
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, who suffered a sprained ankle early in Sunday’s game against the Browns said yesterday that he will be a game-time decision on Thursday. But multiple media outlets are reporting that Smith will not play against the Redskins.
The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that Jeremy Parnell will start in Smith’s spot and that the backup for him and right tackle Doug Free, who struggled against Cleveland, will be none other than Derrick Dockery. He was a third-round pick of the Redskins in 2003 and he started 78 games for them at right guard from 2003-2006 and, after two seasons in Buffalo, in 2009.
Dockery has been with the Cowboys as a reserve the last two years. He has never played tackle in an NFL game.
DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys’ leading rusher, will miss his sixth straight game with an ankle injury, according to reports.
11:05—Practice (closed to the media after first 30 minutes)
After practice (approx. 1:00)—Open locker room, Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett all will conduct news conferences.
2:00—Jason Garrett conference call
3:00—Tony Romo conference call
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