Pittsburgh Steelers punter Dan Sepulveda is probably one of the nicest guys on the team. That’s why I hate writing this story.
Anyone who has ever been to Steelers training camp knows that Sepulveda is probably the easiest autograph to get on the entire team. He is extremely accessible. He talks to anyone who speaks to him. And he usually stays on the field longer than anyone else signing autographs.
Aside from being a very nice guy, he’s a very good punter. Sepulveda can punt for both distance and accuracy. And he’s more than willing to tackle when an opposing return man gets through the special teams’ coverage.
So it saddens me to say that for the 3rd time in his 5 year career, Sepulveda has been placed on injured reserve.
Sepulveda was injured during practice. The team has shared no other information on how the injury occurred.
To replace Sepulveda, the Steelers have signed Jeremy Kapinos. This probably sounds familiar, since the Steelers signed Kapinos last year when Sepulveda was placed on IR.
As much as I like Sepulveda, it may be time for the team to cut ties with him. This is his third time being placed on injured reserve, and I wouldn’t be willing to bet that he won’t get injured again.
The team has to be able to depend on its’ players to stay healthy, and in Sepulveda’s case, it doesn’t look like that’s possible.