Sepulveda Out, Kapinos In

Yep, more kicking news.  I think I’ve spent more time this season writing about glorified soccer wash-outs than in the first three years of my blog combined.

To the heartbreak of my female readers (all three of them), Daniel Sepulveda was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his plant leg, ending his season.  Again.  This guy is the most injury-prone punter of all time.  Too bad, too, because this year was the first time he began to consistently show the big leg which enticed the Pittsburgh Steelers to waste a 4th round draft pick on him.

His replacement will be Penn State alum Jeremy Kapinos.  Punting over at Happy Valley was evidently what won him the job as the Steelers were looking for someone used to kicking in inclement weather.  Kapinos played only a handful of NFL games after graduating undrafted in 2007 until finally hooking on with the Packers.  He played all 16 games last year and his averages seem in line with what we got out of Sepulveda.  Green Bay let him go after the season and other than filling in for the Colts when their punter got suspended one game for public intoxication, he hasn’t played this season.

Hey, he couldn’t be any worse than Mitch Berger, right?

When I heard the Steelers were working out punters, I had nightmares of Berger Time 2.  To think that putz has a Super Bowl ring.  Which reminds me, the Steelers won it all with the aid of Mitch’s magnificent soaring 20 yard boots.  Perhaps a busted up punter is the Black and Gold’s version of a four leaf clover. One can only hope…

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