Nick Sundberg hoping for clearance to practice next week


Nick Sundberg, right, has spent the last four weeks on the injured reserve-designated to return list, and hopes to practice next week.

Washington Redskins long-snapper Nick Sundberg, who broke his left arm during the second game of the regular season, hopes he can begin practicing that after being evaluated Monday. Sundberg’s cast was removed last Wednesday.

 Sundberg broke his arm in the first half of the Redskins’ game against the Rams but continued to snap for punts, extra-point attempts and field-goal attempts throughout the second half.

 He was placed on Injured Reserve, but under the league’s new rules, was designated to return this season. he earliest that he would be allowed to practice is Oct. 24. Sundberg would be eligible to play again in Week 11, right after the Redskins’ bye week and in time for Washington’s game against Philadelphia on Nov. 18.

 “We’re going to re-evaluate it on Monday,” Sundberg said Wednesday morning in the Redskins’ locker room. “According to the rules, I’m allowed to practice next Wednesday. Depending on how the evaluation goes … supposedly, they’ll tell me on Monday if I can start snapping. And if I’m ready, I’ll get out there on Wednesday and see how it goes.”

 Sundberg aims to begin snapping with holder/punter Sav Rocca as soon as he receives clearance and then will see how his arm responds. He will have X-rays on the arm, and if there are no setbacks, he aims to return to the field.

 Sundberg wasn’t wearing it at the time, but he has a removable brace for his arm.

 He had begun working to regain flexibility in his wrist and elbow, and also is working to strengthen the muscles in the area.

 “Being stuck in a cast for a month really, really amplified how awful it was,” Sundberg said. “I’ve actually gotten quite a bit back in a week, so I’m excited to see how it is in another week, but it’s getting there.

 “It’s awful. This is the longest I’ve gone without snapping. I’ve never gone a month without snapping ever. … I want to play. I’ve wanted to play since Week 2. Whatever the coaches decide when Danny [Smith] and Coach Shanahan and the doctors decide is best for the team, I’ve got to roll with it.”

 

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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Mike Jones · October 17, 2012