The Washington Redskins have released long-snapper Justin Snow and in a corresponding move will activate Nick Sundberg from the injured reserve list.
Sundberg broke his left arm late in the first half of Washington’s season opener at New Orleans, but continue to play the remainder of the game.
He was placed on IR two days later, but designated to return during the season. Washington then signed Snow, a 13-year veteran, who played the last eight weeks and didn’t have any major mishaps.
Sundberg wasn’t eligible to return until sitting out six weeks of practice and eight games. His arm healed without any complications, and he has done well snapping the ball in the last two weeks of practice.
The Redskins informed Snow prior to Sunday’s game against Carolina that that would be his last with the team because Sundberg had recovered. Snow came to Redskins Park Tuesday morning and cleaned out his locker.
Initially, Sundberg had the cast removed, but had significant strides to make to regain his range of motion in his left wrist. But the third-year veteran said the last two weeks have brought major improvements.
“Looking forward, we’ve got seven games left, and I’m just excited to get back with the team and get back in the swing of things,” Sundberg said. “I’m excited to get back with [holder/punter] Sav [Rocca], and to begin working with [kicker] Kai Forbath. I’ve known him for years, but we’ve never worked together.”
Signed four weeks ago after veteran Billy Cundiff struggled mightily, Forbath has played well for the Redskins, making all eight of his field goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards.
Sundberg practiced snapping with Rocca Tuesday morning, and said he felt great.
“Literally, the past two weekends have been my biggest steps forward,” Sundberg said. “I lift Monday to Friday, and taking off the two days and then coming back, I have felt 100 percent better. I came in [Monday], had a great lift and did things I wasn’t close to being able to do last Thursday, then got out there and snapped today and definitely had 100 percent progress.”
In other injury-related news, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t complain of any worsening of the soreness in the ribs two days after he took a hard hit while dropping back to pass against Carolina.
Griffin was slow to get up and at halftime received a pain-killing injection to the area. After the game, Griffin was X-rayed to ensure that he hadn’t broken any of his ribs, and results came back negative.
Griffin said Sunday night that he wouldn’t miss any playing time, and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday evening that he didn’t foresee the quarterback suffering any setbacks.