ALAMEDA — It appears the Raiders will be holding auditions this week for a new long-snapper.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday at his weekly press conference that veteran snapper Jon Condo had tests on his injured right shoulder and it wasn’t encouraging.
“It’s not great news coming back,” Del Rio said the day after a 15-12 win road win over the Denver Broncos. “We’ll see how it goes. I think there’s a strong likelihood that we’ll have to bring another guy in.”
Condo was injured recovering a muffed punt by Emmanuel Sanders at the 11-yard line and the result pile up left him with an injured shoulder with 14:42 left in the fourth quarter.
When the Raiders scored on a 16-yard pass from Derek Carr to Mychal Rivera, Condo was in the locker room having his shoulder looked at. With backup snapper Lee Smith having had wrist surgery less than a month ago, the Raiders opted to go for two points and the pass attempt by Carr was incomplete.
Del Rio said it was unrealistic that any team would have a back-up snapper anywhere near as good as the starter, and in the Raiders case Smith’s injury made it even more problematic.
“Nobody has another guy like that,” Del Rio said. “We have a guy, it just happens our guy had surgery on his wrist a couple of weeks ago so he’s still wearing a cast. But that be addressed going forward.”
Condo told reporters afterward he was having his shoulder popped back in to place, indicating a separation or dislocation.
Remarkably, Condo returned to the game to snap for two more punts and one 43-yard field goal attempt. His snap on the field goal attempt was high and away from holder Marquette King and Sebastian Janikowski missed the attempt.
Right tackle Austin Howard, who left after 20 snaps with a knee injury, will be day to day, Del Rio said. Veteran Khalif Barnes replaced Howard and played 38 snaps, by far his most extensive playing time of the season.