BBAO: Bears hold breath on Adam Podlesh

We're Black and Blue All Over:

One potentially significant injury that has fallen under the radar, at least on this blog, is the hip flexor suffered Saturday night by Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh. The injury is to Podlesh's left (non-kicking) hip, but generally, any lower-body injury has the potential to throw off a punter's or place-kicker's effectiveness.

The injury has not been advertised as long-term, but special-teams coordinator Dave Toub said Tuesday that he is "very concerned" and revealed Podlesh is visiting specialists to "figure out what we need to do."

Undrafted rookie Ryan Quigley will punt Friday for the Bears against the New York Giants, but the Bears must decide after that point whether Podlesh will be ready for the regular season or if they need to make other plans. They were scheduled to work out free agent Matt Dodge on Tuesday and could monitor the waiver wire during final cuts as well.

Continuing around the NFC North: