TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ernster out, Berger in again as Steelers' punter

Steelers/NFL Videos

By The Associated Press
Monday, Nov. 24, 2008
 

Mitch Berger is replacing Paul Ernster as the Pittsburgh Steelers' punter for the second time since training camp.

The Steelers released the ineffective Ernster on today and brought back Berger, who was released Nov. 5 after averaging 41.9 yards in eight games. Berger had a hamstring problem that was affecting his punting when he was released.

Ernster was signed to replace Berger, but averaged only 31.3 yards on 12 punts in three games. His 28.5 average yardage on five punts during the Steelers' 27-10 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday was their second-lowest in a game since 1970.

"It was horrible," coach Mike Tomlin said that night of the punting. "It will be addressed."

Berger was signed during training camp to compete with Ernster after Daniel Sepulveda injured a knee on the first full day of training camp and was lost for the season. Ernster, who signed the day after Sepulveda was hurt, was cut before the season started.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. Rossi: Steelers rising fast in mediocre AFC
  2. Steelers offense learning to slam door
  3. Heyward, swarming defense get best of Chiefs in Steelers’ win
  4. Steelers-Bengals game to start at 8:30 p.m.
  5. Missed chances haunt Chiefs against Steelers
  6. Steelers notebook: Gay respects ‘anything’ referees call
  7. Chiefs notebook: Trip not intentional, Walker maintains
  8. Steelers defensive game changer: Fourth-down stop thwarts Chiefs
  9. Steelers clinch trip to postseason with big victory over Chiefs
  10. Steelers’ Bell, Chiefs’ Charles elevating running back position in NFL
  11. Penguins’ defensive depth proves valuable
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.