Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg had the cast removed from his left arm last week, and if all goes well in the coming days, he could be back on the practice field as soon as Wednesday.
“If I’m ready, I’ll get out there on Wednesday and see how it goes,” he said. It’s been “awful. This is the longest I’ve ever gone without snapping.”
Sundberg broke his left arm in the season opener and was placed on injured reserve under the new “designated to return” exception. On Monday, he’ll have a follow up examination and could receive clearance to begin practicing.
With the Redskins’ bye week coming in Week 10, the soonest Sundberg would be allowed to return to game action would be the following week against the Eagles.
“Because I’ve been doing it so long, it’s like riding a bike,” Sundberg said when asked how long it will take to regain his form. “I’ve created so much muscle memory over the years that I know what I’m doing, so it shouldn’t take much time to get back. I’m going to snap as much as I can, see how it feels, see how the bone reacts.”
He added: “It’s going to hurt a little bit, but it’s something I have to fight through.”
Sundberg has remained around the team on a daily basis despite the injury. He’s even participated in film sessions, where he’s studied alongside Justin Snow, the veteran who was signed as his replacement. Because special teams personnel understand better than most that turnover is part of the job, Sundberg said their relationship has not been awkward.
“I think [Snow] understood coming in – especially when they put me on that list – that there was a possibility of me coming back,” he said. “It’s just something that we’ll have to deal with.”
As difficult as the situation has been, Sundberg has managed to keep a sense of humor about it. When the injury happened, he was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and lauded around the league for delivering nine snaps in New Orleans with a broken arm.
So, naturally, he was asked if had signed a movie deal yet.
“Yeah,” Sundberg cracked. “Brad Pitt is playing me. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we look a lot alike.”