Jim Sundberg knew his left arm was broken as soon as it happened.
It happened on the play where the Saints blocked a Sav Rocca punt and returned it for a touchdown.
“[My arm] kind of got squeezed between a helmet and Reid’s facemask, it got smashed in,” said Sundberg in the locker room today. He was sporting a hard cast that went from his hand almost up to his shoulder.
“I broke the same bone in high school, that’s how I knew right away that’s what happened,” he said.
Both the break that happened yesterday and the one from high school were to the ulna bone. He said that this one was about two or three inches from his wrist and the injury in high school was about three inches away from that one.
He kept on playing after the injury on Sunday, snapping on eight more punts, field goals, and extra point attempts. It wasn’t easy.
“I think at the end of the day you just have to look at yourself and see what you’re made of,” he said. “It really was a test of myself, it was pretty terrible.
“But I felt like I really didn’t have another option.”
What happens from here? Sundberg said that is was “up in the air”. He said that he will be in a cast for a few weeks. What will happen in the interim remains to be seen.
They could just keep him on the inactive list while he rehabbed his arm and either have someone else currently on the roster do the snapping or sign another one in the interim.
Or they could put Sundberg on injured reserve, ending his season, and sign another snapper. In theory, they could utilize the new rule that allows a team to active one player from injured reserve after six weeks but it would be hard to justify using that precious move on a snapper.