Week Nine of the NFL season is complete and was quiet other than a controversial contact with the long snapper call in the Commanders game with the Vikings. Commanders defensive lineman John Ridgeway was called for contact with Vikings snapper Andrew DePaola on a late field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. The penalty allowed the Vikings to drain the clock down before a second successful field goal attempt.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera did not agree with the penalty call, claiming his defender only hit DePaola with his hip and not his pads or helmet. The NFL President of Officiating Walt Anderson supported the call, finding the rule protects the snapper on placement snaps and the defender cannot make forcible contact with the head and neck area of the defenseless snapper.
Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, with Luke Rhodes (Colts) tallying a solo stop and client Liam McCullough (Falcons) and DePaola (Vikings) adding assisted tackles.
The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Nine is below.