Coach Zorn started his press conference with an update and something of a clarification on the punting situation. “We’re bringing some punters in tomorrow,” Zorn confirmed. “This has nothing to do with [Durant Brooks’s] injury.”
Zorn described the injury as “a nagging irritation” of the hip flexor or quad on Brooks’s right (kicking) leg, and said that Brooks was off getting an MRI this morning.
Pressed to clarify Vinny Cerrato’s statements on his radio show this morning, Zorn reiterated, “his position is in jeopardy because of performance, not because of injury.” Zorn suggested the Cerrato was making his assessment based on the apparent severity of the injury combined with the fact that the team was planning to bring in competition, but he emphasized that if Brooks was cleared by the doctors and none of the punters tomorrow clearly surpassed him, Brooks could well remain as the team’s punter.
As far as Cooley, someone asked if Brooks would be holding even if he didn’t punt, which Zorn found mildly amusing. “Chris Cooley can’t punt for us,” he said. “If [Brooks] can’t punt, he can’t hold.”
Actually, I had numerous reports from people who saw Cooley booting the ball around in pregame warmups, and they all thought he had a heck of a leg. It’s a questionable use of your Pro Bowl tight end, but maybe we shouldn’t rule anything out.