Shanahan said he doesn’t know if the injury contributed to Rocca’s 12-yard punt in the second quarter of Sunday's loss that allowed the Steelers to begin a scoring drive on their own 45-yard line. But the coach admires the punter's toughness.
“Sav knows you can’t have a 12-yard net punt,” Shanahan said. “He has been very consistent. He’s the best punter I’ve been around since I’ve been in the National Football League.”
Which might explain why the team is allowing Rocca to punt through an injury he sustained earlier this month while jogging. The Redskins brought in three punters for tryouts prior to the Giants game but elected to stick with Rocca.
Shanahan added that doctors have told the veteran punter that he can’t make the injury to his right knee any worse.
“He’s tough,” Shanahan said. “A lot of players wouldn’t even be trying to punt in the condition he’s in with the torn meniscus. He’s fighting thought it. He knows he can’t make it any worse than it is. I just hope that there is no setback the rest of the season and he keeps on punting at the level he’s been punting for us since he’s been here.”
Rocca’s other punts were 52, 41 and 46 yards, the last of which was returned for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. The score, however, was negated because of an illegal block on the Steelers.