Colts coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Vinatieri continues to rehab his surgically repaired left knee, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
The update regarding Vinatieri's health partially confirms why he remains unsigned. His performance in his age-48 season likely explains most of it, as he made 17 of 25 field-goal attempts (68 percent) and 22 of 22 extra-point attempts (78.6 percent) last year, easily the worst marks of his storied career. With his plant leg still not 100 percent, Vinatieri may find it difficult to interest an employer. Considering all the unknowns of the upcoming season, though, there's a chance he'll kick again once he can prove his health.
Vinatieri is hoping to return to the NFL for a 25th season, but he hasn't progressed as quickly as hoped from December knee surgery, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Quarantine-related challenges have resulted in a slowdown in Vinatieri's rehab, to the point that it's possible the veteran kicker may not be ready by the time the NFL season gets underway. At the very least, the 47-year-old kicker appears unlikely to return to Indianapolis in 2020, considering the team extended Chase McLaughin and also offered undrafted rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship a sizable signing bonus.
Vinatieri (knee) was rehabbing at the Colts' facility earlier this offseason and hasn't ruled out playing in 2020, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Vinatieri struggled through the worst season of his lengthy career in 2019, missing eight field-goal attempts and six PATs in 12 games before a left knee injury forced him to injured reserve in early December. He's hoping to bounce back from surgery and play a 25th NFL season, but the 47-year-old likely will need to compete with Chase McLaughlin if he does in fact re-sign with the Colts. McLaughlin saw action for three different teams last year, converting 18 of 23 field-goal attempts (78.3 percent) and each of his 26 PATs, with all five misses coming in the 40-to-49-yard range. Vinatieri wouldn't necessarily be the favorite in a job battle.
Vinatieri (knee), who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, is facing competition for the Colts' placekicker position from Chase McLaughlin, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Vinatieri is coming off a down season in which he converted just 17 of 25 field-goal attempts. His campaign came to an early end due to a left knee injury, for which the 47-year-old required season-ending surgery. While Vinatieri hasn't ruled out returning for a 25th campaign, further clarity on his situation likely won't come until later in the offseason. McLaughlin, who received a one-year contract extension from Indianapolis, made five of six field-goal tries in four games with the team.
The Colts officially placed Vinatieri (knee) on injured reserve Monday.
Vinatieri never seemed to get over the left knee issue that plagued him during the preseason, hitting just 17 of 25 field-goal attempts and 22 of 28 point-after tries in 12 games. The Colts opted to hold him out for their 13th contest of the season this past Sunday at Tampa Bay, and now season-ending surgery has been ordered up. With his fate decided for the remainder of 2019, he'll hand over kicking duties to Chase McLaughlin. Looking ahead, though, Vinatieri wouldn't rule out returning for a 25th campaign, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis.
Vinatieri (knee) said Monday that he hopes to have "another chapter left" in his career, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Vinatieri is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee Wednesday, so a move to place him on injured reserve is almost certainly forthcoming. The 46-year-old battled through lingering meniscus and patellar tendon concerns this season, en route to notching the worst statistical marks of his career. Through 12 contests in 2019, Vinatieri made 17 of 25 field-goal tries and 22 of 28 extra-point attempts. His procedure will carry an expected 4-to-6 week recovery timetable, so he should be ready for offseason workouts if he indeed decides to continue his career for a 25th campaign. The four-time Super Bowl champion is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Vinatieri is slated to undergo season-ending knee surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Per the report, the Colts plan to place Vinatieri on injured reserve, which sets the stage for Chase McLaughlin to handle the team's placekicking duties down the stretch. Vinatieri's 2019 season -- and likely his career, too -- thus ends with the 46-year-old having made 17 of 25 field-goal attempts and 22 of 28 extra-point tries.
Vinatieri (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Chase McLaughlin, whom the Colts claimed off waivers earlier this week, will take over placekicking duties. While it's not yet clear if Vinatieri will return this season, coach Frank Reich said that a move to injured reserve "has not been discussed," adding that the Colts are viewing the 46-year-old as week-to-week, per Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star.
Vinatieri (knee), who sat out Thursday's practice, will await the results of the MRI he required earlier this week before his status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers is determined, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Vinatieri experienced pain in his left knee prior to the Colts' Week 13 loss to the Titans, and the injury only intensified in the aftermath of the contest. With Vinatieri practicing on a limited in the first session of Week 14 before logging no activity Thursday, he's trending in the wrong direction ahead of Sunday's game. Chase McLaughlin, whom the Colts claimed off waivers earlier this week, would handle kicking duties in Tampa Bay if Vinatieri can't go.
Vinatieri, who indicated that he's experiencing increased discomfort in his knee, won't kick at practice Thursday, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
The report notes that the kicker's knee "has been a lingering issue through the season, but is now exacerbated." Considering that, Vinatieri is no lock to suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers. With that possibility looming, the Colts claimed Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the 49ers on Wednesday.
Vinatieri underwent an MRI on his knee after practice Wednesday and may not be available for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
In recognition of Vinatieri's poor health and struggles through the first 12 games of the season, the Colts claimed Chase McLaughlin off waivers from San Francisco. McLaughlin filled in for both the Chargers and 49ers this season, making 13 of 17 field goals and all 15 of his extra points. The Colts should provide an update on the results of Vinatieri's MRI on Thursday, at which point more clarity on his status for this weekend's game should arrive.
Vinatieri (knee) is facing competition for the kicking job after the Colts claimed Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the 49ers on Wednesday, Andrew Walker of Indianapolis' official site reports.
Vinatieri was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, an issue which could be related to the discomfort he experienced in his plant leg during the preseason. The 46-year-old has struggled with accuracy issues this season, having already missed a combined 14 kicks through 12 games. In addition to the injury, he now faces a threat for his job in the form of McLaughlin, who recently turned in an impressive three-game stretch while filling in for Robbie Gould. Expect the Colts to decide on a kicker for their Week 14 tilt with the Buccaneers at the conclusion of Friday's practice.
Vinatieri was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
The 46-year-old showed up on the Colts' injury report for the first time this season, though it's worth noting he experienced knee discomfort on his plant leg during the preseason. Vinatieri has endured a rough 2019 campaign with eight missed field goals and six missed extra-point attempts, so the fact that he's apparently not fully healthy is somewhat worrisome.
Vinatieri converted on just one of four field goals but made both extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Titans.
The Colts deployed Vinatieri from deep, as he tried field goals from 55, 53 and 46 yards, missing the first wide right and having the other two blocked. The second one was the nail in the coffin for the Colts, as Vinatieri lined up for a potential go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. However, Tennessee got a hand on the ball and Titans cornerback Tye Smith returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. While there were blocking issues on the attempt, Vinatieri dropped to 17 for 27 (68 percent) on the season as the Colts are watching their AFC South hopes slip away.
Vinatieri converted his only field-goal try and both extra-point attempts during Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Texans.
Vinatieri has been perfect in two consecutive contests, but he's only logged two field-goal tries in that span. The 46-year-old wasn't asked to do much during Thursday's loss, with his only field-goal attempt coming from 36 yards out, but it's nonetheless encouraging to see him reestablishing his accuracy after a rocky start to the season.
Vinatieri converted his lone field-goal try and all four extra-point attempts during Sunday's 33-13 win over the Jaguars.
Vinatieri wasn't asked to make any truly difficult kicks during Sunday's win -- his only field-goal attempt came from 34 yards out -- but the veteran notably avoided making any mistakes after having missed a crucial extra point Week 10. The 46-year-old will work to log another solid performance against the Texans in Week 12.
Coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Vinatieri will remain the Colts' kicker, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Vinatieri missed a crucial extra point during Sunday's 16-12 loss to the lowly Dolphins, which likely was a factor in Reich's decision to unsuccessfully forgo a field goal on fourth down in the red zone late in the fourth quarter. The 46-year-old has missed 11 kicks (six extra points, five field goals) this season, including five misfires when the score was within three points. Perhaps the greatest kicker of all time, Vinatieri has a longer leash than most, as any other player performing this poorly would have been shown the door by now. The 46-year-old will look to get back on track Sunday against the Jaguars.
Vinatieri converted both field-goal attempts but missed his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 16-12 loss to the Dolphins.
This game was closer than expected for the Colts with Jacoby Brissett (knee) out, and Vinatieri's missed extra point following Jack Doyle's touchdown reception in the fourth quarter proved costly. If he had converted the kick, the Colts would've had a chance to tie the game with a field goal from Miami's 16-yard line with less than a minute remaining. Instead, the Colts were forced to go for a touchdown and turned the ball over on downs to hand the Dolphins their second win in as many weeks. Vinatieri has now missed six extra points and five field goals on the year, and five of his extra-point misses came when the teams were within three points of each other. Once again, his roster spot is in question.
Vinatieri converted one of two field-goal attempts and one of two extra points in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Steelers.
Vinatieri missed his fourth extra point and fifth field goal of the year. The latter was the most damaging, as Vinatieri was lined up with a straightforward, 43-yard attempt to take the lead with 1:11 remaining in regulation. The veteran kicker yanked it wide left -- nowhere near the goalposts -- and the Colts dropped to 5-3 on the season. The Colts are playoff contenders and can't afford missed kicks costing them games, so rumors about Vinatieri's job security could have legitimacy soon.
Vinatieri made one of two field-goal tries and one of two extra-point attempts during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Steelers.
Vinatieri's struggles with accuracy bubbled to the surface Week 9, as he whiffed on a potential game-winning field goal from 43 yards with just over one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The 46-year-old's miss did come coupled with a bad snap and poor placement, but his inconsistent performance has been a pattern all season. Through eight games, Vinatieri has converted just 12 of 17 field-goal attempts and 14 of 19 extra-point tries.
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