Long snapper Nick Sundberg was on the field for the Washington Redskins’ practice Wednesday and hopes to convince team officials that he’s ready to return from the injured reserve list after he misses two more games, as required.
Sundberg has been on IR since he suffered a broken left arm during the Redskins’ season-opening triumph at New Orleans. The team designated Sundberg for return under a new NFL rule that allows one player per team to be activated from IR each season. Under that rule, he must miss at least eight games and already has sat out six.
The new IR rule requires a player designated for return to miss at least six weeks of practices. He said he snapped Tuesday for the first time since he was hurt. It’s unclear whether, or how much, Sundberg practiced Wednesday.
“It went well,” Sundberg said in the locker room at Redskins Park before Wednesday’s practice. “It just kind of ached a little bit, but nothing crazy. I had our film guy out there. He filmed me from a bunch of different angles so that I could go back and take a look at it and make sure that my hands are coming through…that I still have the velocity in the arms that I want, that I wasn’t babying it or things like that. It actually went really well.”
Sundberg, who played the second half of the New Orleans game after breaking his arm, said he doesn’t think it will be difficult to convince the team that he’s ready to snap in a game.
“I don’t think that’s going to be an issue,” he said.”At least I don’t think the snapping part is going to be an issue. I think it might be an issue to convince them that my arm is strong enough to where if I take a direct blow, if they’ve got a big rush guy… that I can actually get my left hand on him and put some pressure on him to stop him. I think that’s going to be the biggest issue. But we’ll get there in time. I’ve got three weeks.”
Justin Snow has served as the Redskins’ long snapper in Sundberg’s absence, without any mishaps.