The NFL is a tough business. Just ask Mike Windt.
The Chargers long snapper made a mistake during the Bolts' first preseason game against the Cardinals. After quarterback Cardale Jones was tackled on third down, Windt went onto the field with the kicking ball he was about to snap. The only problem is, the officials ruled Jones had fumbled on the play and the Cardinals were in the process of returning it when Windt stepped onto the field in front of them. Realizing his mistake, Windt dropped the kicking ball on the field, dodged a Cardinal or two and hopped back over to the sideline.
Jones eventually was ruled down on the play, but Windt's gaffe lived on as he was a focal point of Raiders head coach Jon Gruden's film session in Tuesday night's episode of "Hard Knocks." Gruden mocked Windt for not knowing what was going on right in front of him, and he told his team to be locked in for their preseason date with the Cardinals.
To make matters even worse for Windt, the Chargers cut the nine-year pro Tuesday.
#Chargers released veteran Long Snapper Mike Windt on Tuesday.
He was the subject of ridicule by Jon Gruden and the Oakland @Raiders on Hard Knocks that was aired on the same day. pic.twitter.com/PuFP7bvKbK— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 21, 2019