Katula Feeling No Pain

Tendinitis in Matt Katula’s elbow made for a rough 2009 campaign.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Matt Katula Foundation Event

Katula’s elbow also didn’t limit him from participating in a golf tournament on Monday as part of his Perfect Laces Foundation.  ”It’s not going to hurt my golf game,” he said.  Katula teamed up with tight end Todd Heap and two other players to shoot a 17 under par, which was good enough to win the event.  As host of the tourney, though, Katula deferred to a second-place team that turned in a score of -13.

Ravens long snapper Matt Katula said his elbow is feeling great after tendinitis in the joint gave him troubles last year.

Katula said a restful offseason did the trick.

“The elbow feels very good,” Katula said during the Ravens’ minicamp last weekend. “It was kind of what we thought. Rest is what it needed, and it kind of went away.

“We’ve been smart about reps this offseason, so far.”

When asked if he was 100 percent, Katula unequivocally responded, “Yes, definitely.”

Typically known as one of the more reliable snappers in the NFL, Katula uncharacteristically shot a few snaps askew towards the end of the 2009 campaign.

Most notably were two errant snaps in Baltimore’s finale against the Oakland Raiders.

This offseason, the Ravens signed free agent snapper Morgan Cox as an undrafted rookie, but Katula still has a firm grasp on the position.

“It was a struggle last year, it really was,” admitted Katula. “I’m just excited to get out and clean the slate.”

Katula’s coaches agree.  Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg believes Katula can regain his classic form.

“I think his health is good,” Rosburg noted.  ”I haven’t heard anything from the trainers that would say otherwise.  He’s come back out here without any elbow wraps or anything like that that he [had] during the season. And we fully expect him to be back to Matt Katula.”

A main reason an off-target snap can be a detriment to the kicking game is how it interrupts the timing, whether on a punt of a field goal.

Katula got a chance to test his golf timing on Monday during his Perfect Laces Foundation charity golf tournament.

Did the elbow interrupt his swing?

“Not at all,” Katula said with a smile.  ”I’ll be fine there.”

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