The Patriots will release Gostkowski (hip), Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. When healthy, Gostkowski was entrenched as the Patriots' kicker since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. A hip injury limited the 36-year-old to four games last season, however. Per Doug Kyed of NESN.com, with Gostkowski on the way out, Matthew Slater is now the longest-tenured player on the Patriots.
Gostkowski (hip) may be released this offseason, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports. Gostkowski missed five kicks in four games last season before landing on injured reserve with a hip injury. He's now entering the last year of his contract, with the Patriots able to clear out nearly $3.5 million in cap space if he's released. The 36-year-old probably needs to accept a pay cut to have any shot at sticking around.
Gostkowski will require season-ending surgery to address a left hip injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gostkowski, whom the Patriots placed on IR on Wednesday, is expected to be ready for the 2020 season, but the Patriots will have to find a new kicker for the remainder of the current campaign.
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.
Gostkowski was not seen at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The veteran kicker is presumably dealing with an injury, though nothing of that nature was reported after Sunday's 16-10 divisional win over the Bills. The 35-year-old has dealt with uncharacteristic PAT issues this season, having missed four of 15 attempts through four contests. An injury would go a long way toward explaining those struggles.
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