For months now, the Pride Of Detroit writers have been battling with a singular question regarding a position of utmost importance. The long domain of Don Muhlbach as the Lions long snapper was thrown into question when general manager Bob Quinn drafted Jimmy Landes out of Baylor University in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, leading to speculation that the days of the Muhldozer were finally over. However, erratic performances during preseason and training camp by Landes put this plan in question, and the vigil of #LongsnapperWatch2016 continued well into August.
On Monday, the watch came to an end, but not by any cuts. Instead, Landes was placed on injured reserve by the Lions. Landes needs shoulder surgery for a previously undisclosed injury, which may account for some of his previous performances. Either way, his year is over.
The Lions have placed LS Jimmy Landes on IR as he will need shoulder surgery. Don Muhlbach is your long snapper.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 29, 2016
For now, Don Muhlbach is your long snapper, and enters his twelfth season at the position for the Detroit Lions. However, this might not be the end of Landes as a Lion; it's possible he'll have a chance to compete for the spot next year once he comes off of his surgery and rehabilitation.