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Bears “very concerned” about injury to punter Adam Podlesh


Adam Podlesh was one of the best punters in the NFL last year, but after he suffered an injury trying to make a tackle in Saturday’s preseason game, the Bears are getting nervous.

Bears special teams coach Dave Toub said he’s worried about the hip flexor injury Podlesh sustained while chasing Redskins return man Brandon Banks.

“I’m very concerned,” Toub said , via “It’s a bad injury for a punter to have, a hip flexor, whether it’s the kicking leg or it’s the opposite leg, we’re concerned. He’s going to see a couple of specialists and we’ll figure out what we need to do. It’s a common injury for kickers. Sometimes they get it when they’re kicking and it’s on their kicking leg, and that’s even worse. We’re fortunate that it’s on his opposite leg. It’s more of a stabilizer for him.”

Undrafted rookie Ryan Quigley will handle the punting in Friday night’s preseason game, and free agent punter Matt Dodge has come in for a workout. Neither Quigley nor Dodge is on the same level as Podlesh, who had a net average of 40.4 yards last season and landed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line with only four touchbacks. Injuries to punters aren’t often a major concern in the preseason, but this injury could be a real problem for the Bears.

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17 Responses to “Bears “very concerned” about injury to punter Adam Podlesh”
  1. greenandgold1972 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:14 PM

    Where are all the ones with “the stupid punter” comments (in regards to the Giants punter) and “nobody cares about the punter”. As fan of a team with a horrible punting team for a long time, I can vouch that punters are quite important

  2. icdogg says: Aug 21, 2012 7:14 PM

    Whoever between Henry and McBriar doesn’t get the Eagles job. They’re both punting lights out.

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    Tell him to step aside next time a real football player is making a play? Can’t believe he thought he could even tackle a speed demon like Brandon Banks. Serves him right.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    I’ll punt for 500 bucks a week if they want. Punters are a non factor and any Joe Scmoe can do it well.

  5. baraboo99 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    I will double that if you can punt a ball more than 25 yards and put the video on youtube…I double dog dare ya…

  6. bennyb82 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:07 PM

    If you have a good punter, it seems like you would not want him to play in the preaseason…the risk seems to greatly outweigh the reward.

  7. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 21, 2012 9:02 PM

    baraboo99 says:
    Aug 21, 2012 8:05 PM
    Fax me the contract.

  8. catchhester23 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:14 PM

    Bears will be alright, he shouldn’t be nearly as important as previous years. They open against the colts so might not need him til week 2. Have a feeling the new and improved offense will get at least in field goal range all the time since gould is hitting 57 yards out.

  9. chi01town says: Aug 21, 2012 9:24 PM

    If there is a real problem with the Bears punter … Emery will take care of that. BEARS FANS.. TRUST EMERY. HE IS OUR BEST PICK UP THIS SEASON

  10. rpkllc says: Aug 21, 2012 10:42 PM

    I think the same thing happened to Garret Hartley of the Saints last pre-season and he was out the entire year.

  11. pencepost says: Aug 21, 2012 11:53 PM

    The Bears start the season against Indy, Green Bay, and St. Louis. They won’t have to punt until October anyway.

  12. nei8ht says: Aug 22, 2012 12:28 AM

    Brad Maynard is looking for a job. Would be a good temporary fix..

  13. goldkj says: Aug 22, 2012 7:07 AM

    Do people still fax contracts?

  14. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 22, 2012 7:58 AM

    They could trade for the backup punter the Raiders have – that guy was booming them. Probably get him cheap too.

  15. 12strikes says: Aug 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    goldkj says:
    Aug 22, 2012 7:07 AM
    Do people still fax contracts?

    If they do…. what’s the chance they could actually post anything to YouTube?

  16. gmsingh says: Aug 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    If the Bears use all the offensive weapons they currently have they shouldn’t be punting very often.

  17. chi01town says: Aug 22, 2012 6:42 PM

    Bears fans we have Emery an this is NOT a problem that he wont fix. Relax an lets get ready to see the Chicago Bears win the SUPERBOWL.

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