Chicago Bears‘ punter Adam Podlesh has reportedly began punting again. Podlesh is dealing with a hip flexor injury in which he sustained against the Washington Redskins during the 2nd preseason game. If you don’t recall, Podlesh was trying to prevent Redskins’ punt returner Brandon Banks from returning a punt return. However, Podlesh was not able to and Banks ran it home for 91 yards. So, at the end of it all, Podlesh did it for nothing.
So, the question is …. will Podlesh be ready for Week One when the Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts? It’s good to hear that he’s punting the football, but will he be able to take the field on Sunday in front of his home crowd? He was listed on the 1st injury report as limited in practice. For the 1st injury report of the week, that’s good to see he did participate in practice. But since he’s a punter, I don’t know what to think of it. And I mean, I don’t know how he goes about his business.
If Podlesh can’t go on Sunday, the Bears are more than comfortable to use back-up punter Ryan Quigley. Quigley showed he can punt and he made that known in the 3rd preseason game vs. the New York Giants. Whoever does take the field on Sunday, the fans and the coaching staff will have nothing to worry about. Special teams will still be strong as it always is.
If Podlesh can go week 1, I expect Quigley to be on the sideline in case Podlesh re-injures his hip. However, if Podlesh shows he healthy, Quigley will most likely be waived the following day in favor of DL Nate Collins who is on the suspension list, as he was suspended week 1 for testing positive for PEDs.
I do expect Podlesh to be ready for week 2, if he can’t go week 1. This may be Quigley’s time to shine if he plays week 1 as he’ll be auditioning for every other football team.