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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Texans turn to contingency at long-snapper

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The NFL's suspension of Houston long-snapper Bryan Pittman was in the works for a long time, so the Texans had a plan in place.

And, let's be honest, Pittman's had some bad moments this season, including Monday night when a botched snap cost the Texans a short field goal just before halftime. (It also resulted in a season-ending knee injury for Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis).

Practice squad tight end Clark Harris has been working in practices to be ready, and is now in line to be the guy for the final four games.

"We've been preparing for that," coach Gary Kubiak told Houston reporters Wednesday. "Of course, we've had him here previously and then brought him back. He's been preparing as if he was going to be the snapper every week. That's how we've been working with him. So, [we're] way ahead of the game from that standpoint. Naturally, he's a young player and this is a tough environment for him to go do his job, but he's way ahead of the game. It's not like we're starting fresh today."

UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.

A bit from Harris himself:

"I've been doing it for years. I've been doing it since high school. I'm just going to go out there and do what I've been doing. I'm not going to think too much about it. The snapping position is a big mental position. You've just got to know that you can do it and go out there and do what you've been coached and do what you've been programmed to do."