Bucs long snapper Economos has torn Achilles tendon

At a time when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are focusing on nearly every position on the football field, the long snapper is one of the last that would enter the discussion in preparation for next week’s draft.

But the Bucs recently were hit with some bad news as general manager Mark Dominik revealed that veteran long snapper Andrew Economos has suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon. The veteran has not missed a game in the last four seasons and in 2008 he signed a $4 million, five-year contract extension last June.

The tricky part of the equation here is that during the lockout, the Bucs are prohibited from having contact with Economos. Team doctors are able to work with him, but not at the team’s facility. How Economos was injured has not been revealed.

Obviously, the injury will fall under the category of a “non-football injury” and those types of things can become issues with contracts. Having a dependable long snapper is a must. His status for the 2011 season remains unknown. Economos hails from Marist High School in Atlanta, the same school that produced veteran Chicago Bears long snapper Pat Mannelly. It’s a small snapping community when one private high school holds the market on 1/16 of the snapping jobs in the league.

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