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Old 11-05-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

Not sure if this was posted yet. Looks like Berger is gone.

http://news.steelers.com/article/98986/

Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger



PITTSBURGH ó The Steelers signed fourth-year free agent punter Paul Ernster to their roster today and released veteran punter Mitch Berger.

Ernster, 26, was claimed off waivers by the Steelers from the Detroit Lions on July 29 of this year, after second-year punter Daniel Sepulveda suffered a season-ending knee injury. Ernster was released Aug. 30, prior to the regular season.

Ernster (6-0, 217) has played in 19 games during his NFL career after a college career at Northern Arizona. He averaged 41.7 yards on 80 punts in 2006 playing for the Denver Broncos, while also serving as a kickoff specialist, kicking off 75 times including 19 touchbacks.

Ernster was active for three games with the Broncos in 2006, and for one game each with the Broncos and the Cleveland Browns in 2007. He was originally drafted by Denver in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He kicked off during the teamís season opener versus Miami during his rookie year before being added to Denverís practice squad.

The Steelers made room on their roster by releasing Berger, who was averaging 41.9 yards per punt in eight games.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

well hopefully he does better than Mr. Hamstrings
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

About time. We're lucky his booming 30 yarders didn't cost us against Washington.

I understand the guy is hurt, but that should have been corrected before Monday night.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

Glad they did SOMETHING. I was surprised at their lack of action.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

I was wondering how long this would go on before he was released.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

FINALLY! I was wondering if they were waiting for Jeff Reed to be forced into punting because Berger couldn't go.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

KDKA has just confirmed this.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

I was waiting for one of those hamstrings to burst during a punt...

Glad we finally released him. He's a tough punter, but man, that was hard to watch.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

Man, tough life for a punter. Doing decent, and playing on a good team, then you get injured and your outta here. Oh well, maybe Ernster can kick the ball 45 yards, and maybe he will be a kickoff specialist like we saw in the preseason.
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Default Re: Steelers Re-Sign Punter Ernster, Release Berger

Somehow Berger convinced the coaches he would be fine for last Monday's game, and while he managed to get through it, he could no longer hide the obvious injury.

I don't think the coaches were going to take anymore chances with him.

He did manage to get one last gameday check... maybe his last.
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