Sav Rocca plans to continue punting for the Redskins despite pain caused by the medial meniscus tear in his right knee.
“It’s sore, but I want to keep my job, so I keep punting,” Rocca said Wednesday morning. “It’s in the back of my mind that it’s there. It is painful, but I try and get by. I can hit good punts with it, so I don’t blame it for having a bad punt.”
Rocca was injured while running after practice on Oct. 17 as part of his normal weekly conditioning regimen. He felt a pop as he decelerated on his last sprint. It reminded him of the time a few years ago when he tore his lateral meniscus while with Philadelphia.
“I knew straight away,” he said. “It was a pop that I’ve heard before.”
Rocca, 38, has punted five times in two games since the injury. His longest punt was 52 yards and his shortest was 12, both against Pittsburgh last Sunday. He has averaged 36.8 yards on those five punts.
Rocca can kick without pain, but he feels it almost all the time.
“The actual kick is OK,” he said. “It’s my lead-up before the kick, the steps, the planting, that I feel it.”