The Seahawks made a change at long snapper Tuesday, placing Nolan Frese on injured reserve, the result of an ankle injury sustained in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers. Tyler Ott was signed to take over long-snapping duties.
Frese was able to finish last week's game with what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll later confirmed was a high-ankle sprain, but was noticeably limited by the injury during the game. That injury likely contributed to a punt snap that went over Jon Ryan's head and through the end zone for a safety, Carroll said.
"He couldn't run at all, so he was just clomping around on a totally casted foot to get through the game," Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday. "So the fact that he had a snap that got away from him, a lot of guys would not have finished the game, so I give him credit for really just battling through it and giving us the best he could."
Ott, who played tight end and long snapper at Harvard, appeared in three games earlier this season with Cincinnati, and one game last year with the New York Giants. Ott has also spent time in the offseason with New England and the Rams dating back to 2014. At his Tuesday afternoon press conference, Carroll said the club is confident Ott can step into the lineup for this weekend's Wild Card playoff matchup with the Detroit Lions.
"He's played in games this year and he's done well," Carroll said of the 6-foot-3, 253-pound Ott. "His numbers are right as far as his tempo getting the ball back. He's a good-sized kid, looks good. We're going for it like we're not even going to think twice about it."
Meeting with the media in the locker room before Tuesday's practice, Ott said he originally worked out for the Seahawks before the regular-season began, and has been staying ready ever since.
"I'm excited for the opportunity," Ott said. "I've been trying for three years to really stick and play with a team. This is a huge opportunity to make a Super Bowl run. It's my first playoff game, but all these guys here are great, helping me along and everything, the coaching staff getting me ready."
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