As quickly as Paul Ernster returned to the Broncos, he finds himself outside of the locker room once again.
Denver waived the punter and kickoff specialist Wednesday morning, barely 36 hours after he struggled in the loss to San Diego.
Ernster’s night started badly, as he shanked a 17-yard punt that flew out of bounds at the Denver 44-yard-line, setting the Chargers up in excellent field position for their first touchdown. His second punt covered 59 yards after it bounced and was downed at the San Diego 1, but his final three punts traveled 33, 38 and 31 yards.
“One little thing and it goes to hell,” Ernster said in the moments after the 23-3 loss at Qualcomm Stadium.
“My timing was off. Punting is all timing. It was off tonight. The whole country saw that. I’ve just got to come back and work hard.
“Hopefully I’ll be here this week and get a chance to prove myself again, because you all have seen me punt. You know that’s not like me. I’ll get back and work hard and come out next week and show them that it was a fluke.”
But after being waived Wednesday, next week won’t be in the cards for the third-year product of Northern Arizona.