A groin injury was at the root of Boswell's placement on injured reserve prior to Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The legitimacy of Boswell's groin issue is somewhat questionable, as the 27-year-old had displayed dreadful accuracy through the Steelers' first 15 games but was never regularly featured on the team's injury reports prior to being shut down. In any case, despite signing a four-year extension in August, Boswell is in danger of losing his roster spot for good in 2019 after converting only 13 of his 20 field-goal attempts and 43 of 48 extra-point tries before landing on IR. Further hurting Boswell's future within the organization was the fact that the replacement kicker the Steelers signed ahead of the season finale, Matt McCrane, nailed all three of his field-goal tries, including one from 49 yards out. Pittsburgh is expected to decide on Boswell's fate within the next several weeks, as he'll be due a $2 million roster bonus in March.
Boswell, who was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury prior to Pittsburgh's 16-13 Week 17 win over Cincinnati, finished the season having made 13 of 20 field-goals and 43 of 45 PATs. His 65 percent success rate on field-goals was the lowest in the league among kickers with 20 or more attempts, and well below his career average of 89.5 percent entering the season. Boswell was signed to a hefty long-term contact after last season -- with over $7 million guaranteed -- so despite his awful season there is a strong chance he will be back kicking for Pittsburgh in 2019.
Boswell was placed on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury. Boswell was nearly replaced following Week 15 after missing his seventh field-goal attempt of the season, but he responded by not missing a kick last week against the Saints. The 27-year-old was never listed on the injury report, so what he's actually dealing with is currently unclear. Pittsburgh signed Matt McCrane to handle kicking duties as the team heads into the final game of the regular season.
Boswell made both his field-goal attempts (30, 49) and both his PATs during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans. This was a rare perfect game for Boswell, who was waiting for an opportunity to attempt a potential game-tying field-goal, but he never got the chance when JuJu Smith-Schuster fumbled at the New Orleans 34-yard line with 41 seconds to play. Boswell was also perfect -- making both field-goal and both PATs -- earlier this season against Week 17 opponent Cincinnati, which allows the most fantasy points to kickers per game (8.9).
Boswell made both of his extra-point attempts and one of two field-goals (48) during Sunday's 17-10 win over New England. The Steelers held an open tryout earlier in the week and may want to reconsider their decision to retain Boswell's services after he missed his seventh field goal attempt of the season. Head coach Mike Tomlin gave Boswell a vote of confidence following the contest, but New Orleans allows the fewest fantasy points per game to kickers (5.0), so it is advisable to look elsewhere regardless of who is kicking for Pittsburgh in Week 16.
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