View Full Version : Injuries mounting after only one game

08-09-2008, 12:17 PM
Personally, I thought Ernster had a decent night... Yea, I'd like to see ALL of his attempts downed closer to the goal line, but maybe he'll do better on Thursday...
Injuries mounting after only one game
The Tribune-Democrat

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin said Friday night that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be searching for a replacement player for a key part of their team.

Sure, finding a quarterback to back up Ben Roethlisberger will be a priority after Charlie Batch broke his right collarbone in a 16-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game at Heinz Field, but Tomlin said the team will also be looking for options at punter.

That’s because Daniel Sepulveda, who was solid in his rookie season a year ago, will miss the year with a torn ACL in his non-kicking leg. After Sepulveda’s injury was announced in the first week of training camp, the team went out and signed veteran Paul Ernster.

The fourth-year pro had an up-and-down night in his debut with Pittsburgh. He punted seven times for 294 yards for a 42-yard average.

His best punt was a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at Philadelphia’s 10-yard line, but he also failed on another attempt to pin the Eagles deep, as his 28-yarder was downed at the 21-yard line.

Ernster also had a kickoff go through the end zone for a touchback.

Tomlin was asked if the Steelers could use Ernster on kickoffs if he makes the team.

“We’re in the process of still evaluating that,” Tomlin said. “He did have a nice showing for himself (Friday night), but we’re still exploring options at that spot.”

Tomlin said that he did expect the team to sign a veteran quarterback since the only healthy backups to Roethlisberger are rookies Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts.

Batch could be out from four to six weeks.

Rookie safety Ryan Mundy left the game with a shin injury, but Tomlin did not expect it to cause him to miss the Steelers game against Buffalo in Toronto on Thursday.