Long Snapper Cox Done For Season

The Ravens will hold tryouts for a new long snapper on Tuesday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens are officially in the market for a new long snapper, as Morgan Cox’s season is over due to a major knee injury.
 
Cox tore his anterior cruciate ligament and sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the Ravens’ 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, but played out the game while injured.
 
“He’s got a torn ACL and he’s got a third degree sprain of his MCL, so he’s out for the year,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh.  “Like we said after the game, that was our fear.  What he managed to do – to play through that.  Willis McGahee would have been our long snapper and Willis does a great job.  But, we’d rather have Morgan Cox or a professional long snapper doing that job. 
 
“It would have been tough to win the game without him.  And for him to gut it out the way he did was probably one of the keys to the victory.  So, I’m really proud of his gutsy performance.”
 
Cox’s knee was heavily wrapped in the post-game locker room, and he needed crutches to make it to the team buses. 
 
The rookie out of the University of Tennessee said he sustained the injury snapping for Billy Cundiff’s 27-yard field goal at the beginning of the second quarter.
 
The Ravens were holding out hope that Cox’s status wasn’t as bad as initially thought, but a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the extent of the damage on Monday.
 
“It hurt, it hurt a lot, but we braced it up and we got through the snapping part of it,” Cox said after the game.  “It’s part of the game.  I’m not mad about it.”
 
The Ravens will hold tryouts on Tuesday to add a snapper to the roster as fast as possible.  
 
Cox, who beat out Matt Katula for the long-snapping job this offseason, has developed a reliable chemistry with Cundiff and punter/holder Sam Koch, but the Ravens are confident they can find a suitable replacement for their playoff run.
 
“It’s something that’s going to be tough,” Harbaugh noted.  “They’ve really worked together, obviously, since [organized team activities].  They’ve taken every snap together.  So, those guys do get an operation, a chemistry, built up. 
 
“But, we’ll bring in a good long snapper and short snapper.  Somebody’s who has been a pro and has done it before and we’ll be okay.”

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