Veteran punter Craig Hentrich, placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a calf injury, said he hasn’t fully decided if the punt on which he suffered the injury will be his last as an NFL player, but he knows it very well could be.
“I’ve been saying I’m going to be done for the last four or five years, so I’m definitely not going to say that,” the 16-year veteran said. “But I understand that this possibly could be it, especially with the injuries I’ve had this year. Who knows? I’m not going to say yes or no yet, but it’s not looking very good at this point.”
Hentrich said he won’t emulate his former Green Bay Packers teammate Brett Favre and waffle on retirement, saying, “When I say I’m done, I’m done. I’m not the type of person who’s going to do that.”
Hentrich, 38, will continue to work with the team and travel to road games, helping punter Reggie Hodges and kicker Rob Bironas prepare during the week.
“I told Coach [Jeff Fisher] that I’d love to be a part of this team. I know I can’t play, but any way I can help these kickers out, I’ve been around a lot of kickers for a long time now, and I think I understand technique and I think I understand when they’re having problems. Maybe I can help them. A lot of kicking is the psyche, just to keep guys calm. And that’s my job now.”
He joked that helping soothe Bironas over the years has given him plenty of experience in that regard.
"Many people say I already have my doctorate in psychiatry dealing with Rob the last few years," he said.