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.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 37 yards), en route to recording six points in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets. His did miss one of his four extra-point tries, which gives him three misses over his last two games. That's a bit concerning in the short term, but Gostkowski's reliability over the years presumably ensures that the Patriots won't make any rash moves here. Three games into the season, Gostkowski has racked up 28 points while working behind the league's second-highest (35.3 PPG) scoring offense.
Gostkowski made one of two field-goal attempts and four of six extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. Gostkowski missed just one extra point in 50 attempts last year, and he's never missed more than three in a season. He was able to nail a 28-yard field goal, but he missed a 48-yard attempt. This is a tough start for the normally automatic kicker, and he'll look to get back on track in a home game versus the Jets in Week 3.
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