Snap, it's fifth and long for Chargers

October, 13, 2010
10/13/10
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Sandwiched between three temps, the San Diego long snapping job has gone from a 17-year veteran to a rookie who has never snapped in an NFL game in exactly one month.

In a continually baffling story, the turnstile at the long snapper has continued in San Diego. For those still able to keep count, the Chargers are on their fifth snapper of the regular season.

The newest San Diego long snapper is Mike Windt. He is a rookie who was a standout at the University of Cincinnati. He went to camp with the Bengals. Now, he better be ready for prime time.

San Diego had the most stable snapping situation in the NFL heading into the season with David Binn, who was on the job since 1994. However, Binn, the longest tenured Charger in history, suffered a torn hamstring in the season opener at Kansas City on Sept. 13.

The team then signed veteran James Dearth. He was injured at practice before he even played in a game of the Chargers and was sent to the IR. Then, there was Ryan Neill. He played but was quickly sent to the IR. Then, there was the Ethan Albright era.

He was the snapper Sunday when Oakland blocked two field goals, which resulted in nine points, in the first five minutes of its upset win over San Diego. Albright was sent packing Wednesday, opening the door for Windt.

Now, Windt is on the clock.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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