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Detroit Lions head coach on cutting veteran on 40th birthday: ‘That sucks’

Detroit Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach (48) catches a ball from Bobby Price (47) during training camp at the practice facility in Allen Park, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.
Detroit Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach (48) catches a ball from Bobby Price (47) during training camp at the practice facility in Allen Park, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

Long snapper Don Muhlbach was released by the Lions, and Detroit’s first-year head coach Dan Campbell admitted Thursday the move could have come at a better time.

It was Muhlbach’s 40th birthday Tuesday, the day Campbell announced he would be cut the following day. The second-oldest player in the NFL can no longer make such a distinction. He has 17 seasons of snapping on his resume.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat that. I’m an a——, so that’s about the best way to put it,” Campbell said.

The sharp-tongued Campbell has unapologetically gone to blue material at the podium more than most in his position. But he pointed out the NFL does come with sharp edges. He showed his soft side Tuesday when he announced the transaction.

“I hate it man. This is the hardest time, especially with a player like him,” Campbell said.

Muhlbach played 260 games with the Lions but lost a competition with Scott Daly, who is 28. Only kicker Jason Hanson played more games in a Lions uniform.

“There’s no way around (the business side in the NFL) really,” Campbell said Thursday. “Yeah — you can say there is, but ultimately that falls on me, it’s my fault. And Don’s a hell of a dude. That sucks, but it is what it is.”

–Field Level Media