Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Chargers lose another snapper
By Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers’ staggering string of bad fortune at long snapper has continued.
After having one long snapper since 1994, San Diego is now on its fourth snapper of the season. Amazing.
Long snapper Ryan Neill, who snapped in the second and third games, is now out for the year with a knee injury. So, San Diego has now turned to veteran Ethan Albright. He is in his 16th NFL season. He snapped in every game through 1996-2009. He was last with Washington.
Let’s see if Albright can bring back stability to the position in San Diego. The craziness began when David Binn, the longest tenured Charger ever, was lost for the season in an opening-season loss at Kansas City. The team then signed veteran James Dearth. He was lost for the season when he was hurt in practice before playing a game for the Chargers.
The Chargers made some other moves Tuesday. San Diego signed safety Quinton Teal and brought back Dante Hughes, who was cut Saturday. Running back Curtis Brinkley was cut. He will likely go back to the practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday as insurance at running back. His release probably means rookie starter Ryan Mathews will be back against Arizona. Mathews has missed the past six quarters with an ankle injury. There were indications Monday that Mathews would play this week.
The team also put linebacker James Holt on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury.