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Steelers place Adam Podlesh on reserve/did not report list

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Steelers punter Adam Podlesh has been placed on the reserve/did not report list, the club said Tuesday.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Podlesh has been away from the team to remain with his wife, who had a “difficult” pregnancy. According to Bouchette, Podlesh’s wife had a “successful but complicated delivery.”

“Adam has decided not to report to Training Camp at this time due to family obligations,” Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said in a team-issued statement.

By placing Podlesh on the reserve list, the Steelers now have two open roster spots. Brad Wing, who handled the punting in the Steelers’ preseason opener, is the only punter currently on the active roster.

The 31-year-old Podlesh joined the Steelers in the offseason. He previously had played for Chicago (2011-2013) and Jacksonville (2007-2010).

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24 Responses to “Steelers place Adam Podlesh on reserve/did not report list”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 1:14 PM

    I think this guy may be done, especially if he has money in the bank. He was pretty brutal last year in Chicago. Not sure if it was physical, mental or both but he was definitely “off”.

  2. hrmlss says: Aug 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    Bring in Ray Guy! At 80 he is still better that Kris Kluwe!

  3. sbchampsagain says: Aug 12, 2014 1:19 PM

    Probably a good idea.
    Noone in their right mind wants to be connected with that dumpster fire of an organization there in Pittsburgh.

  4. freddiec8 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM

    Good ot see players put family before football, hope she gets better so he can return to football if that’s what he wants.

  5. howiehandles says: Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM

    Family first, no big deal. Hopefully he saved his money, as kickers are a dime/hundred in the NFL.

  6. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    So how does Reserve/Did Not Report work? You don’t see that one very often. Does he still count against their roster limit, and is there a limit to how long a player can carry that designation before he either leaves the team voluntarily or is let go?

  7. floratiotime says: Aug 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    Everyone wants to do the best for their family … but loosing your job in the NFL probably hurts them a lot more than you being around for a few days helps.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2014 1:32 PM

    He’s confident that he can pick up a job during the season. We all know that Bal’s punter will get worn down with all the 3 & outs. Not to mention Cin will need a punter after Garvin gets a hold of him.

  9. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:41 PM

    He’ll be back. He’s a 8-year vet punter. How much camp does he need? Steelers get to exercise a few options at other positions and after final cuts, Podlesh comes back.

  10. jtm12180 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    From what I saw against NYG, if we end up with Wing week #1, I sure hope our offense is planning on moving the ball at will. If not, we’re in trouble!

  11. joefla47 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:46 PM

    HE S~~~U~~~C~~~K~~~E~~~D, in JACKSONVILLE

  12. jtm12180 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    I hate that Sepulveda didn’t work out. That guy had an absolute CANNON for a leg…darn ACL on his plant leg did him in

  13. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    Thought Pittsburgh was this beacon of “family first” organization. Great example they’re setting punishing a guy for taking care of his wife. Yet, they ignore their philandering QB.

  14. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    When you think about it, any AFC North team is a really crappy place for a punter. Guaranteed a minimum 11 games a year outdoors with cold/wet/windy weather for the late-season ones almost a certainty.

    Podlesh may have had his fill of that in Chicago already.

  15. genericcommenter says: Aug 12, 2014 2:09 PM

    They aren’t really punishing him. This is just the procedure for handling this sort of thing.

    Now, IF they cut him, and it’s obvious it was because he had family issues to deal with, then it’s going to look like the Steelers punished him. For now, I think you can’t really jump to any conclusions.

  16. knon2000 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:58 PM

    How is this considered a punishment? He was placed on the list to open up a spot, that is all.
    He didn’t get cut, nor would it appear likely he is going to get cut in the first round of cuts.
    If they intended on cutting him, they would have done so instead of using the did-not-report list.

  17. clashpoint says: Aug 12, 2014 3:20 PM

    They just wanted the roster spot, it’s not like they cut him. He’s still under contract and he still might report once his wife has recovered enough. I think he will probably lose out to Brad Wing anyways, who has the stronger leg. What sucks the most is neither punting option is all that great. I’m fully with the post about Sepulveda and his bum knees, at 6-3 250 that guy could even hit too.

  18. Deb says: Aug 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    Has our QB been philandering since he got married? Hadn’t heard that.

    If his wife was hovering between life and death, then by all means, he should have been at her side. But as someone who called the office from the stretcher coming out of the OR after being told I had cancer, I’m not sure why it’s necessary for guys making millions to work only part of the year to stay home for the wife’s pregnancy. Putting family first means paying the bills. I worked through three cancer battles. Surely these guys can work through a wife’s pregnancy.

  19. steelcurtainn says: Aug 12, 2014 3:57 PM

    Who needs a punter when you’ll be scoring tds all year long. Brad Wing will fit in just fine when needed which won’t be often.

  20. ravensgrl says: Aug 12, 2014 4:52 PM

    Good to see an NFL player putting his wife and new baby first. Congrats to his family!

  21. initialsgbm says: Aug 12, 2014 6:55 PM

    Glad to hear his wife and baby are doing okay. But the Steelers dodged a bullet.

    His punting skills have seriously declined.

    If I recall, last year it was reported that he ranked #33 in punters and there’s only 32 NFL teams so a backup replacement somewhere had a better average than he did as a starter for the Bears.

  22. steelersalltheway says: Aug 12, 2014 7:47 PM


  23. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:50 PM

    “who needs a punter when we score touchdowns”
    what does that have to do with the Steelers?

  24. tinytoolalldrool says: Aug 13, 2014 11:48 AM

    I thought they placed him on the Steelers suck and I do not want to play for them list.

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