Nick Sundberg showed grit by playing with broken arm

Snapped the ball eight times after incident

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Long snapper Nick Sundberg entered the locker room Monday at Redskins Park with a cast that extended past his elbow, the result of suffering a broken left arm in the second quarter of the Redskins’ 40-32 victory at New Orleans on Sunday.

On Washington’s first punt, which would be blocked and result in a Saints touchdown, Sundberg said his arm caught between safety Reed Doughty’s face mask and another helmet, leading to a break of the ulna bone.

Yet Sundberg stayed in for eight more snaps, despite excruciating pain.

“I think at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself and see what you’re made of,” he said. “It was a test to myself. It was pretty terrible, but I felt like I really didn’t have another option.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said Sundberg would not be available for this week’s game at St. Louis and that the team would bring in candidates for the position.

“The biggest disappointment for myself is that now, moving forward, if I do have to sit and watch from the sideline, I’ve never done that before,” Sundberg said. “I’ve never missed a game. That will be the most difficult part.”

Still, Sundberg’s gritty effort drew praise from his teammates, who were impressed with the snapper’s resolve.

“When you see a guy doing that, it makes your tweaked ankles and tweaked hamstrings and your little aches and pains not seem so bad,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “It’s inspiring.”

In other injury news, Shanahan reported that X-rays on Pierre Garcon’s foot were negative but that it remained “sore,” and said safety Jordan Bernstine would miss the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

The Redskins placed Bernstine on the Reserve/Injured list later Monday and signed free agent safety Jordan Pugh to take his roster spot. Pugh, 24, played in 27 games the last two seasons for the Carolina Panthers.

Saints slowed

The challenge facing the Redskins defense going into Week 1 was huge — find a way to slow the explosive Saints offense and All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees.

And even though the final score might suggest otherwise, it was mission accomplished.

Brees threw for 339 yards, but he completed only 46.2 percent of his passes while Washington held the Saints’ ground game to just 32 yards on 10 attempts. And despite running 64 plays, New Orleans only possessed the ball for 20:50.

“You could play all day at that pace,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “You start getting a little tight on the sideline sitting around so much.”

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