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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Colts will reportedly work out kickers with Adam Vinatieri still struggling

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri is still struggling to convert extra points, and the Indianapolis Colts may be looking into the possibility of replacing the future Hall of Famer down the stretch.

The Colts were planning to host some free-agent kickers for workouts on Tuesday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports. While they have not yet decided if they will move on from Vinatieri, they are obviously weighing their options.

Vinatieri missed another extra point in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, giving him a whopping six misses on the year. The 46-year-old missed three all of last season, two in 2017 and none in 2016. Vinatieri has also converted just 73.7 percent of his field goals this year, which is his lowest mark since 2003.

The latest extra point that Vinatieri missed may have had a major impact on Sunday’s game, as the Colts were down 16-12 late and had to try to put together a touchdown drive to win at the end. Had they only needed a field go to send the game to overtime, they may have been able to take a different approach.

While one of Vinatieri’s recent misses appeared to be the result of a bad hold, there’s no question he is finally showing signs of age. The Colts stood behind him earlier in the season when he strongly hinted at retirement, but they may have changed their minds as he continues to struggle.

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