Dallas Cowboys long snapper Jake McQuaide is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn triceps during Sunday’s win over the Washington Commanders, Nick Eatman from DallasCowboys.com reported.

In order to fill the need, the Cowboys are signing Matt Overton (126 games played) and Tucker Addington (USFL pro in 2022) to the practice squad. They will later decide who to elevate on game day.

The blow shouldn’t be overlooked just because long snapper is a position rarely discussed by NFL fans and media. McQuaide has been a consummate pro since taking over fan-favorite L.P. Ladouceur.

Long snappers are underrated athletes. After all, they don’t only need the arm strength and accuracy to consistently deliver the football but also must be legit tacklers in the open field. That’s why most long snappers more closely resemble linebackers than they do offensive linemen.

McQuaide’s injury opens up a spot on the Cowboys’ roster, which could be used to temporarily sign Will Grier to the 53-man roster. They would need to do so for the third-string quarterback after having elevated him the maximum three times already.

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