After weeks of stability at the snapping position, some uncertainty and change arose leading up to and during Week Eleven. Cullen Loeffler of the Vikings was bothered by a rotator cuff injury during the week, but was able to snap against the Raiders. Defensive lineman and sack specialist Jared Allen, who snapped in college, was prepared to snap if necessary.
The Bears also lost veteran Patrick Mannelly to an season-ending ACL injury in Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Mannelly suffered the injury after a PAT snap and was replaced by fullback Tyler Clutts. The Bears are expected to sign Jake Laptad, a rookie from Kansas, to replace Mannelly. Laptad did some snapping for the Bears in pre-season and was a defensive end in college.
Earlier in the week, television station WGRZ in Buffalo released a video feature on former Bills long snapper Adam Lingner. Lingner appeared in four Super Bowls and was with the Bills from 1987 to 1995. Lingner recently learned one of the arteries in his heart was almost completely blocked and the WGRZ piece describes his diagnosis and treatment.
Garrison Sanborn, the current Bills snapper, recorded two solo tackles in punt coverage this week, while Danny Aiken of the Patriots added an assisted tackle. The NFL Long Snappers Chart through Week Eleven is below.