Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski: Heading to injured reserve

The Patriots will place Gostkowski on injured reserve Wednesday due to an unspecified issue, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Gostkowski's absence from practice Wednesday hinted that something was amiss, but the veteran kicker's move to IR still comes as a surprise. More details surrounding the injury should unfold soon, but the transaction means that he'll miss at least the next eight weeks. The injury may have contributed to Gostkowski's uncharacteristic lack of accuracy this season, as the 35-year-old has misfired on four of his 15 extra-point tries. The Patriots should add a replacement for Gostkowski to the 53-man roster in short order, and that kicker will immediately make for an intriguing fantasy pickup in light of the favorable team context.

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