Daniel Sepulveda will miss the entire 2008 season with a torn ACL. Obviously, this is not good news. He had a so-so rookie season, but there's a reason he was drafted in the 4th round, and it's because he has a booming leg. There's no doubt he would have been better this season. In addition, he serves as Reed's holder. So we'll have to break in someone new there. All things considered, losing your punter for the season is bad, but it could be worse. Losing Reed would have been a bigger blow, in my opinion.
To replace Sepulveda, the Steelers signed ex-Lion, ex-Bronco, and ex-Brown Paul Ernster. The good news? Ernster handles kickoffs and could actually be an improvement over Reed in that area. The bad news? He's not that good as a punter... there's a reason he was available even as traning camps are in full swing.
And then there is this: I'm sure you all remember last year's opening day game against Cleveland, where the Browns committed four penalties on the same play:
Long snapper Ryan Pontbriand, one of the best in the game, hit Ernster in the hands with the snap. Apparently, that didn't matter because Ernster muffed it, somehow managed to pick it up, avoid a rushing Lawrence Timmons, and get off a 15-yard wobbler than went out of bounds just past the line of scrimmage. Awful,
So, yeah... not the best start to training camp.