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).

24 responses to “Steelers place Adam Podlesh on reserve/did not report list

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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