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Burton Answers The Call At Long Snapper


The second half of Sunday's contest between the Eagles and Washington Redskins featured a peculiar situation for the Eagles. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos suffered a wrist injury on a third-quarter punt play, leaving the Eagles shorthanded at a very unique position.

Without Dorenbos, the next man up for the Eagles was Brent Celek, who had just a few moments to prepare for his first long snap of the season, and first since a preseason appearance two years ago, according to the veteran tight end.

Celek's first effort came up a bit short, and Donnie Jones was unable to handle the ball, resulting in a negated field goal attempt.

"I had a bunch of snaps on the sideline before I went out there. I should've got the ball up a little bit," Celek said afterwards. "It was a bad snap. That's on me. I don't think that's on anybody else but me and I've got to be able to get it done. I know what my role is."

Celek practices snapping sparingly during practices throughout the season, but he's not making any excuses for his first regular season in-game attempt.

"I do punt snaps here and there, I feel more comfortable doing that. But that's on me. At the end of the day, I know I'm the backup snapper so I have to be ready to go," said Celek.

"When something like that happens you just have to step up and do it. It was my job to step up and be the snapper. Obviously, I didn't do a good job on that. ... I'm a professional I should get it done."

But the Eagles' long-snapping story didn't stop there. Celek suffered a stinger on a punt later in the second half and did not return to the game, leaving the Eagles with another question mark.

Who is the third-string long snapper?

The Eagles had a couple of players practice on the sideline including defensive end Bryan Braman and linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Fellow tight end Trey Burton was the one to fill in for Celek. Once he heard the news about Celek, Burton knew it was his time to shine and began practicing snaps.

With the Eagles trailing 21-19 with about five minutes to go in the game, Burton was called into action. His only snap of the game was a tad high, but Jones was able to handle it and get it down in time for Caleb Sturgis to connect on a 41-yard field goal, giving the Eagles the momentary 22-21 lead.

"I did a couple of them. I was excited. I try to take advantage of every opportunity that I get and it went well. Donnie made an unbelievable play, so the majority of it is on him and he did a really good job," Burton expressed with a sense of relief.

"I mean I've done it before. I haven't practiced it in a while, but I knew that I was the third guy so if something crazy like that did happen that I would be ready for it."

It's unknown whether or not Dorenbos will be able to play in next week's game in Baltimore. He left the game to get X-rays on his wrist, but no update was given by head coach Doug Pederson after the game. Dorenbos tied an Eagles franchise record on Sunday by playing in his 162nd consecutive game, tying the great Harold Carmichael.

The Eagles hosted the Washington Redskins in their first NFC East showdown at home this season. Washington came away with the win in a close 27-22 finish.

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