Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg was cleared medically to return to the field last Friday—nearly six months after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Dallas.
“I feel great,” Sundberg said Saturday night. “This whole first week [of team workouts] went phenomenal. I couldn’t have expected a better week. I was expecting to have to kind of hold back a little bit. I wasn’t sure how it was going to be, running with the team and the competition. But it went really, really well.”
Sundberg made his comments after participating in the Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic in Bethesda. The 26-year-old hit a game-high five home runs to lead the athletes to victory over the media.
On Oct. 13 at AT&T Stadium, Sundberg suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee while making a tackle on a punt return. The injury, which required surgery, landed him on injured reserve for the second straight season. In 2012, he sustained broken left arm in the season opener. He was placed on IR but was granted the team’s one exception and returned in November and played the final seven games.
“It’s been a couple of strange injuries,” Sundberg said. “Who would have thought my meniscus would flip over onto itself? I never even heard of that before it happened to me. The broken arm was strange, too.”
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Sundberg added: “I’ve never been one of those injury-prone guys. I got all the way through high school and college without anything major, so I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping that these were two things that were unavoidable and we’re moving forward and I’m going to spend the rest of my career here in Washington … and play more than 16 games every year.”
In the coming weeks, Sundberg said he and kicker Kai Forbath will work on regaining their timing and rhythm with a new cog in the field goal kicking operation. The Redskins released punter/holder Sav Rocca last month and, as of right now, there are two players competing to replace him—punters Robert Malone and Blake Clingan.
“Everything is about timing and rhythm,” Sundberg said. “My short snaps are a little different than some other guys in the league. I throw the ball pretty quick and some guys aren’t used to it. It’s all repetition.”