The Washington Redskins' regular long snapper is ready to begin playing again, as the team will activate Nick Sundberg from the injured reserve and cut his replacement Justin Snow.
Sundberg broke his arm in the team's season opener, and although he continued to snap for the rest of the game despite the injury, the team put him on injured reserve, signing Snow on Sept. 11. Under the league's new injured reserve rules, players added to the list are allowed to return after a certain amount of time. Sundberg became eligible to return to practice on Oct. 24 and would be eligible to play this upcoming week if the Redskins had a game. They don't, but Sundberg will be snapping when the team takes the field after the bye week on Nov. 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Snow, a 13-year NFL veteran, was with the Redskins for the first time after playing the entirety of his career with the Indianapolis Colts. Sundberg is in his third year with the Redskins after going undrafted in 2009. Although long snapper is typically not considered one of the most important positions on the field, an injury to a long snapper can be devastating, as most teams don't have a backup capable of making the deep snaps for punts and field goals accurately or in a short enough time to prevent them from getting blocked.