London Fletcher is active for Redskins

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who missed a large chunk of the team's practice time last week due to a hamstring injury and balance problems for which he had to visit a neurologist, is officially active for Sunday's game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Fletcher will therefore extend his consecutive games-played streak to 232, the longest current such streak in the NFL. Fletcher has never missed a game in his NFL career.

Inactives for the Redskins include wide receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather, who continue to sit out with foot and knee injuries, respectively. Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson are listed as the Redskins' starting wide receivers.

The Redskins' defense needs Fletcher, as it's already shorthanded without Meriweather and other key injured players such as Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker. Fletcher is the Redskins' on-field defensive leader, and as banged-up as they are, they likely couldn't have taken the personnel or emotional hit even a one-game loss of their ironman would have represented.