Washington Redskins' captain London Fletcher had surgery a couple of weeks ago to repair his left ankle that bothered him most of the second half of the 2012 season. He will also undergo surgery to clean up his elbow this month too.
What's amazing in this world of athletes needing surgery early in their careers, these will be Fletcher's first surgeries. Ever.
Fletcher says "Surgery is the first step towards prepping for next season." For some Redskin fans, this is music to their ears. Rumors had been flying about that Fletcher was planning on retiring after 15 years in the NFL.
Last year Fletcher helped the Redskins go from a horrific 3-6 start to end the season 10-6, gain its first playoff berth since 1999 and its first NFC East title since 1999. He has not missed a game since being signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998. Fletcher was named to his fourth straight NFC Pro-Bowl this past season after posting 139 tackles, three sacks, and a career best five interceptions in 2012. He was the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for December. He said the Redskins' run to the NFC East title and a playoff appearance was the second-most satisfying experience of his career, behind winning the Super Bowl with the Rams.
He tweeted that "Surgery went great... thanks for all the well wishes! Prep now begins for season #16!"
Teammate Lorenzo Alexander was unsure how Fletcher's injuries have affected him this season, saying, "I'm not really sure how much the injuries affected Fletcher because he's real guarded and doesn't want to use that as an excuse. But I know it was enough for him not to practice every day, and he loves to practice. So for him to sit down, that says it was pretty bad... He's not a 'woe is me, build me up because I'm playing hurt' kind of guy."
Reference: Washington Post and CBS DC.
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