Redskins LB Fletcher could miss first game in 14 years

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins, having lost two straight, are having to fight that "What next?" feeling and keep the faith.

While all NFL teams are dealing with injuries, it's unusual to have this many in such a compressed time.

Wide receiver Santana Moss, who had screws inserted into his broken hand during surgery, said doctors told him he'll be out three to six weeks, a bit more optimistic than the five to seven weeks originally announced.

"It happens. I hate to be the guy that it happens to," said Moss, whose string of 61 straight starts comes to an end. "I hate to not be out there. I feel like you let somebody down when you can't be out there with the guys that depend on you."

Linebacker London Fletcher, who has never missed a game in his 14-year NFL career, has a streak of 214 straight games in danger because of his hamstring. He did not practice Wednesday.

"It's a long way between now and Sunday," he said. "Just continue to try to get better and see how I feel."

Having placed tight end Chris Cooley (knee/finger) and running back Tim Hightower (knee) on IR earlier this week, the Redskins filled the roster spots with offensive lineman Jonathan Compas and tight end Dominique Byrd. They have played in 17 NFL games combined.

The surprise was the Redskins didn't add a running back to the 53-man roster, leaving rookie Roy Helu and oft-injured Ryan Torain as the only tailbacks. Rookie Evan Royster remains on the practice squad, and running back Tristan Davis was signed to the practice squad Wednesday. Guard John Malecki was released from the practice squad to make room.

Coach Mike Shanahan said fullback Darrel Young could play tailback, if necessary.

Rex Grossman, hospitalized since Monday with pneumonia, was released from the hospital. He planned to come to Redskins Park on Wednesday night to review film and is expected to be ready to back up John Beck for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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