Ravens Sign Second Long Snapper

Nick Sundberg joins the practice squad as Matt Katula is dealing with an elbow injury.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens signed long snapper Nick Sundberg to their practice squad on Wednesday to back up incumbent snapper Matt Katula.

According to head coach John Harbaugh, Katula is dealing with a right elbow injury that has bothered him for much of the season.

But Harbaugh would not attribute a high snap last weekend that resulted in a missed 30-yard field goal by kicker Billy Cundiff to a sore elbow.

“He’s had some elbow issues throughout the course of the year,” Harbaugh said of Katula.  “Just a little tendinitis or something there.  I don’t think that’s it, because I see him snap time and time again good ones.  So, I think he just got a little juiced up a little bit and fired the thing high.  It happened one other time.  He’s very capable of being on the money.  He’s a quality snapper and I know Billy’s got a lot of confidence in him.”

Sundberg, 6-foot, 245 pounds, was with the Carolina Panthers this offseason as a rookie free agent, but he never made it out of training camp.

The former Cal Bear served as Cal’s long snapper on punts and field goals all four seasons he was in Berkley, Calif.

As for Katula, he is disappointed with his botched attempt against the Chicago Bears.

“It really screws it up,” Katula said of the high snap.   “The fact that Sam [Koch, punter and holder] got it down is a testament to his abilities as a holder.  When you have a mental clock going that is the same every time, if something happens, it really throws the rhythm off – even on a field goal of that length.  I’ll get it fixed though.”

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