As part of my ongoing fascination with special teams, I couldn’t help but notice that new Redskins punter Sav Rocca is not in camp yet.
Apparently he’s not allowed in the country yet.
The 6-5, 265 pound Australian punter is stuck Down Under thanks to issues with his work visa. Head coach Mike Shanahan didn’t sound worried about the issue, and hoped it would be resolved by the weekend.
“No update yet,” he said. ”He will not be here tomorrow. I’m hoping to get him here by Monday.”
Shanahan asked the reporter back: “Do you know anybody in the visa department that could help us out? Really appreciate it. If anybody has any connections, we could use some help right now.”
So the logical question then, is when does it become an issue? Should the Redskins look elsewhere for a strong leg and Australian accent?
“No, no we’ve just gotta work the visa department,” Shanahan said. ”This is nothing major, they can’t keep him there for six, seven months. He’s got a job here in the United States. Eventually they’ll let him go–at least I’m hoping they let him go.”
“If not, I’ll tell him to get married to an American. That’ll make it easier.”
Well played, Coach. Any volunteers?
Watch the rest of the presser below:
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