Hours after the Indianapolis Colts claimed rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the team’s veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri’s status is “in doubt” for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Vinatieri, 46, was listed on the team’s injury report this week with a knee issue. He underwent an MRI after practice Wednesday, according to Pelissero, and will meet with team officials Thursday to figure out his course of action.
#Colts K Adam Vinatieri had an MRI on his ailing knee after practice today and his status for Sunday is in doubt, sources tell me and @RapSheet. He’s meeting with team brass and doctors Thursday morning to determine what’s next. They claimed Chase McLaughlin off waivers today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 5, 2019
The 24-year veteran is having one of the worst seasons of his decorated career: through last weekend, Vinatieri has missed 14 kicks (eight field goals and six extra points). He missed three field goals in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans alone, including one that was blocked and returned 63 yards for a touchdown.
While the Colts certainly don’t want to be in the position of cutting a respected team leader and likely Hall of Famer, Vinatieri’s health — coupled with the acquisition of McLaughlin — points in that direction.
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