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Captcoolhand
10-28-2008, 06:59 AM
The Steelers will work out four players today at their practice facility as they try to fill the void they have at long snapper.

Greg Warren went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Steelers' 21-14 loss Sunday to the New York Giants. Warren, who has been the Steelers' long snapper since 2005, had surgery Monday.

Those vying to replace him are Jared Retkofsky, Tim Lindsey, Derek Rackley and Boone Stutz.

Rackley, who played in the NFL from 2000-07, is the most experienced of the group; the Steelers have the most familiarity with Retkofsky. He signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and spent parts of the last two training camps with the team.

Kicker Jeff Reed said Retkofsky impressed him in the short stints he had with the Steelers.

"I know what he can do," Reed said. "I think it's an open competition and whoever snaps the best will get it, but if Jared has a good workout, he'll be here."

Making a few exceptions

Reed said the NFL should consider making roster allowances so teams could dress more specialists for games.

The reason: what they do is so, well, specialized that an injury during a game puts the team in a bind, as the Steelers discovered in the loss to the Giants.
James Harrison had to serve as the Steelers' long snapper on a punt in the fourth quarter because of Warren's injury. His snap sailed over punter Mitch Berger's head and rolled out of the back of the end zone, giving the Giants a game-tying safety.

"You only have one kicker, one punter and one snapper; when something like this happens, it changes the whole game," Reed said. "I'm not saying it's the reason we lost, but to put someone in the fire to long snap (like Harrison) is not an easy job."
:2cents: Well it only seems obvious that Jared Retkofsky will be signed to replace Warren. But whoever they sign has to be better than trying to use Harrison. :duh:

SteelerSal
10-28-2008, 07:11 AM
Reed said the NFL should consider making roster allowances so teams could dress more specialists for games.

I'm all for this. Maybe this can be a change in the next owners meeting...I'm sure Dan Rooney would vote for this after what appened in the last game.

Captcoolhand
10-28-2008, 07:21 AM
I don't know how often (if ever) you hear of teams that lose their #1 Punter and long snapper to IR while both your other kickers (Reed and Berger) substain injuries just Half way through the season. :duh:

BlitzburghRockCity
10-28-2008, 07:29 AM
Note to self Mike Tomlin; have a reserve long snapper ready to go just in case...oh, and give them more than a few reps in training camp by the way too!

SteelerNC
10-28-2008, 08:26 AM
IT SHOULDNT BE TOO HARD TO FIND A LONG SNAPPER

BlitzburghRockCity
10-28-2008, 02:07 PM
Did Tomlin say anything about who they picked or when they'll be working them out today?

scott0326
10-28-2008, 02:15 PM
Shouldn't be to hard to find someone better then Harrison.:yellowthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
10-28-2008, 03:23 PM
Just got the text from KDKA...we signed Jared Retkofsky to replace Warren.

Captcoolhand
10-28-2008, 03:24 PM
Just got the text from KDKA...we signed Jared Retkofsky to replace Warren.
called it!

SteelerSal
10-28-2008, 03:41 PM
"I know what he can do," Reed said. "I think it's an open competition and whoever snaps the best will get it, but if Jared has a good workout, he'll be here."

Actually, Reed called it first.:grin1:

BlitzburghRockCity
10-28-2008, 04:36 PM
Im sure Jeff had some influence in this decision, if he's comfortable with the guy and he has a good showing it was a safe bet he'd get the job.

Man I can still see Warren's knee buckling as he walked off the field on Sunday..OUCH!

$teelersRule
10-28-2008, 05:03 PM
Man I can still see Warren's knee buckling as he walked off the field on Sunday..OUCH!

yeah, tell me about it! :eek1: poor guy

scott0326
10-28-2008, 05:31 PM
Yeah the knee buckling was pretty nasty.

G89Newitt13
10-30-2008, 01:32 PM
i long snapped in high school lol...if we ever get that desprate just tell the Rooneys to give me a call lol

BlitzburghRockCity
10-31-2008, 11:35 AM
I had to rewind that like twice on the DVR so my wife could see it since she was in the kitchen he was walking off. He looked like he was going to be ok walking off under his own power and then that thing just buckled both ways and oh man she was just sick too.