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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Adam Podlesh injury worrisome

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub is "very concerned" about punter Adam Podlesh's left hip flexor injury he suffered while trying to chase down Washington Redskins return man Brandon Banks on a 91-yard punt return touchdown Saturday at Soldier Field.

According to Toub, Podlesh is expected to visit several specialists in the coming days to examine the injury. The Bears have not released any timetable on when the punter will be able to get back out on the field.

"I'm very concerned," Toub said on Tuesday. "It's a bad injury for a punter to have, a hip flexor, whether it's the kicking leg or it's the opposite leg, we're concerned. He's going to see a couple of specialists and we'll figure out what we need to do.

"It's a common injury for kickers. Sometimes they get it when they're kicking and it's on their kicking leg, and that's even worse. We're fortunate that it's on his opposite leg. It's more of a stabilizer for him."

Undrafted rookie free agent Ryan Quigley will have first team punting duties in the Bears' third preseason Friday night against the New York Giants, but the team is exploring other options.

ESPNChicago.com reported Tuesday morning the Bears brought in free agent punter Matt Dodge for a tryout.

Dodge was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft by the New York Giants and beat out Jy Bond for the starting punting job. Known for his strong leg, Dodge averaged 44.8 yards per kick as a rookie.

However, Dodge drew criticism from Giants coach Tom Coughlin when he punted to Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson near the end of a regular season game on Dec. 19, 2010. Jackson returned Dodge's punt for a touchdown as time expired, capping off a comeback win for the Eagles. He was eventually released by the Giants the next summer at the final cut down date after losing a competition against veteran punter Steve Weatherford.