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Matt Dodge will workout for Bears

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The Bears are working out veteran punter Matt Dodge today, a league source confirmed.

ESPN Chicago first reported the news.

Bears top punter Adam Podlesh suffered a hip flexor injury while trying to make a tackle on a return touchdown in Saturday's 33-31 victory over the Washington Redskins. Podlesh initially said that he received positive indications of a return before the regular season.

"I just felt a little something there," Podlesh said Saturday. "I plan on being back Week 1. From what I've heard so far, it seems pretty positive.

"We'll rehab it until Week 1, and we should be good.''

Ryan Quigley, a rookie from Boston College, is the only other punter on the roster. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt Saturday night, with a long of 44 yards. Podlesh's longest punt was 51 yards.

Dodge was a seventh-round pick of the New York Giants in 2010. He averaged 44.8 yards per punt as a rookie, but he punted the ball to DeSean Jackson, against the wishes of his coaches, and he was criticized afterwards by Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

Jackson, of course, returned the punt for a touchdown in a wild Eagles comeback win.

While Dodge has more experience than Quigley, if he's on the roster at the start of the season, the Bears would have to pay him for the entire season, not just the weeks he's on the roster. If Podlesh is expected back early in the season, that option may be prohibitive.

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"While Dodge has more experience then Quigley"... than Quigley

The fact Chicago is bringing another punter in tells us Adam Podlesh might be down for awhile, its also a slap in the face for rookie punter Ryan Quigley. If Chicago does sign Matt Dodge, Podlesh is probably gonna be down for awhile. I can't see them signing a guy for a few weeks then having to pay him for the entire season? Also, if Dodge is signed, I look for Podlesh to go on injured reserve. If the hip injury is gonna effect Podlesh's punting for 4-5 weeks, they might as well throw him on IR. The regular season is right around the corner and Bears GM Phil Emery probably wants to have himself covered punter wise heading into the regular season. Can't blame him, many laugh about the punter, but the position is important

Matt Dodge had a very inconsistent rookie season with the Giants after being a 7th rounder out of East Carolina in 2010. Dodge does have a strong leg and the 44.8 yard avg he had as a rookie with the Giants isn't bad. Getting on the bad side of Tom Coughlin probably didn't help his case and was probably the main reason New York didn't stick with him. I'm sure Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub can get Dodge in line, Toub is one of the best in the business GO BEARS!!

I'm a little "dodgy" on Dodge...yes he had some good punts, but aside from the DeSean Jackson punt (where he ignored instructions to punt OB), apparently he was a bit of head case while with the Giants. Perhaps it was rookie syndrome, but I'm a little leery on him right now. i think I'd rather see someone more reliable and with more experience (like Maynard) even if he's not the boomer he used to be.

Dodge has cold weather experience, and has proven that he can boom the ball in tough weather conditions that prevail in Chicago. Unlike most punters in the league, Dodge is willing and able to make a tackle when he needs to. This guy has gained experience and would be a good choice for the Bears as a defensive weapon.

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