Podlesh hasn't given up on facing Colts

August, 28, 2012
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Adam Podlesh AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastAdam Podlesh is trying to play it smart as he recovers from a hip flexor injury.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears starting punter Adam Podlesh is making progress toward his recovery from a left hip flexor injury, but there is no official timetable for when the veteran will be able to return to action. Podlesh hurt the hip flexor while attempting to chase down a return man in the Bears' second preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 18.

"It's a process getting back into it," Podlesh said Tuesday. "(Bears athletic trainers) Chris Hanks and Bobby Slater are doing a really good job helping me get back on my feet, and it's been a positive experience so far.

'We don't have a real timetable right now but the rehab is going really well and the training staff is doing a great job maintaining my work ethic and with the treatments. That's been going pretty well."

However, since Podlesh's injury isn't believed to be too serious, the punter refused to completely rule out the possibility of being healed in time to play in the Bears' regular-season opener on Sept. 9.

"Nobody has ruled that out yet, it's still a possibility," Podlesh said. "We're going to be smart about how we are going to get myself back on the field."

While the Bears wait for Podlesh to recover, the team is in the process of putting together a contingency plan in the event Podlesh is forced to miss any games in the regular season. Undrafted rookie free agent punter Ryan Quigley had a strong performance last Friday versus the New York Giants and is expected to handle punting duties when the Bears travel to Cleveland for their preseason finale on Thursday.

"He's our guy," Toub said. "He's our punter. He's the only one we have left. We're counting on him."

Toub said Quigley exceeded his expectations last week when he punted seven times for an average of 43.6 yards. The undrafted rookie also dropped the ball inside the 20-yard line on three separate occasions and had a long punt of 50 yards.

"He had a great game," Toub said. "He did a really good job. We just allowed him to punt it away. He relaxed and carried over what we've seen in practice on to the field. The first two games, not so good, the third game he was really good."

The Bears are also expected to bring in several experienced punters for tryouts this week at Halas Hall, per a league source. ESPNChicago.com reported last week the Bears worked out former New York Giants punter Matt Dodge.

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Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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