Biggs: Seahawks long snapper has collapsed lung

Seahawks long snapper Kevin Houser will miss the remainder of the season as he is hospitalized with a collapsed lung suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coach Jim Mora told reporters the hope is Houser will be released from the hospital by Thursday in order to spend Christmas Eve with his family.

Houser was injured covering a punt and was in a lot of pain when he received an injection on the sideline. He continued playing and then the pain grew too intense, leading him to get X-rays and head to the hospital.

“He was fighting through it,” Mora said. “He was down on the sidelines trying to work through it, snapping on the side to see how he felt. He was in a lot of pain but he wanted to keep going. It just became very obvious that that wasn’t going to happen.”

A lot of teams work with tight ends as backup snappers, but the Seahawks turned to Kelly Jennings to get them through the game. As the Seahawks scored early and not often, it didn’t matter much. Veteran Jeff Robinson, who snapped for the team the two previous years, lives in the Seattle area and will be signed for the final two games, a convenient little deal for everyone but Houser.

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