Broncos long snapper Lonnie Paxton ruled out at New England

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In a potentially significant development for Saturday night’s playoff game, the Denver Broncos are without their long snapper.

Lonnie Paxton has been ruled out for the game at New England, the team confirmed today. Paxton has missed practice this week for what the team has described as personal, family reasons.

The team hasn’t said what those personal, family issues are, but Broncos coach John Fox sounded concerned about Paxton personally, more than he was concerned about the status of his special teams.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” Fox said Thursday.

Anyone who remembers the playoff game between the Giants and 49ers nine years ago knows how important a long snapper can be in a playoff game. In that game, the Giants’ recently signed long snapper, Trey Junkin, botched a snap on what could have been a game-winning field goal, and the Giants lost.

It’s not immediately clear who will handle the long snapping for the Broncos. Adam Caplan of Sirius/XM reports that they worked out two long snappers yesterday. With the old adage that you only notice long snappers when they do something wrong in mind, Broncos fans will hope that they don’t notice Paxton’s replacement on Saturday.

30 responses to “Broncos long snapper Lonnie Paxton ruled out at New England

  1. Hope everything’s alright for Paxton. For Sunday, the Broncos should sign former Eagle Mike Bartrum. That dude is legendary among the long snappers.

  2. No matter, Tebow will do the long-snapping. He can play any position!

    Sorry I don’t really mean that, just wanted to get that in before test2402, and ruin his trolling opportunity.

  3. Hmmm, not something I like to hear. Lonnie Paxton is one of the good guys in the NFL. I definitely miss him being an unsung player for the Pats Super Bowl teams. He makes excellent snow angels. Hope all is well.

  4. The Broncos should sign TE Garrett Mills who was cut from the Patriots practice squad last week.

    I don’t know if he can long snap but it would be a great way for John Fox to let Bill Belichick know that two can play this game!

  5. Lonie is a great guy. We met him at the Pats’ hotel in Nashville, and he let us try on his (then only one) SB ring. Hope he comes out of this ok.

  6. This is tough…considering his backup Chris Kuper is also out. Another former Pat Russ Hochstein will have to step in…..Thoughts and prayers are with Lonie…..

  7. Terrific guy. Great teammate, great in the community and a genuinely cool person.
    I certainly imagine the Pats would like to have kept him in New England.
    Hoping for the best. God speed, Lonnie.

  8. Hey MDS, In case you forgot (or simply didn’t know) Trey Junkin’s snap led to a hail mary down field on the botched play wherein the reciever was tackled and no foul was called. The next day, the league admitted it should have been a penalty which gives the giants first and goal at the 1 for another FG try. The snapper may have failed, but the refs failed worse. Let’s hope this game doesnt come down to officiating.

  9. dontbeemo says:
    Jan 13, 2012 2:42 PM
    Hey MDS, In case you forgot (or simply didn’t know) Trey Junkin’s snap led to a hail mary down field on the botched play wherein the reciever was tackled and no foul was called. The next day, the league admitted it should have been a penalty which gives the giants first and goal at the 1 for another FG try. The snapper may have failed, but the refs failed worse. Let’s hope this game doesnt come down to officiating.

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    A loss is a loss, no matter who’s fault it is. I’m pretty sure you aren’t the first or last fan to blame a loss on officiating.

    In the future though, you may want to consider the 100+ plays prior to the FG that led to your team needing a last second FG to win.

  10. A missing long snapper can affect you in ANY game, not just the playoffs. I hate it when people act like it’s a whole new game come playoff time.

    Best wishes to Lonie and his family.

  11. @bozosforall

    Let the truth be known, Bozo the dbag is a Vikings fan. PFT keeps deleting my posts (what the heck, PFT?!?) … but it’s true.

    It just keeps getting better. Thanks for Garnett, Papi, and Moss, little guy. I hope you took all their posters off the ceiling above your bed, loser.

  12. Best wishes Lonnie hope everything works out for the best. You were always a stand up guy when you were with the Pats.

  13. That’s a massive lose. No one EVER thinks about that position, but when a proven veteran goes out, the impact is immediate.

    Look what happened to the Chargers last season. They lost their longest-term player, David Binn. They then proceeded to go through something like five-more long snappers as they became the joke of the league on special teams. But you could see the reason with your own eyes. On punts, where fractions of a second count, the replacement would loft the ball back to the kicker, which sometimes felt like an eternity. In the end, that lead to a team record for blocked punts.

    So, again, in a game like this weekend’s, the Broncos will need every advantage available to even compete with Bellycheat and Grady.

  14. klunge says:Jan 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    No matter, Tebow will do the long-snapping. He can play any position!
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    I am pretty sure he doesn’t play missionary position. 🙂

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