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Redskins LB Fletcher has surgery in preparation for 16th season

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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher underwent surgery Wednesday morning on his left ankle and has scheduled elbow surgery for later this month.

Fletcher, 37, shrugged off retirement talk after 15 NFL years and said he plans to return next season.

"Surgery is the first step towards prepping for next season," Fletcher told CBS DC.

There were rumors that Fletcher might retire after the Redskins' 10-6 regular season, their first NFC East title since 1999 and the first playoff berth in five years.

Fletcher led the Redskins with 139 tackles last season and had five interceptions and three sacks from his middle linebacker spot.

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