INDIANAPOLIS — Kicker Adam Vinatieri will miss the primary game of his 11-year NFL occupation as a result of a lingering groin harm.
Vinatieri, who got here to the Indianapolis Colts from the New England Patriots within the offseason, strained his groin in ultimate week’s victory over Houston and can take a seat out Sunday’s game against AFC South rival Jacksonville, trainer Tony Dungy mentioned Saturday.
For insurance coverage, the Colts on Friday evening signed veteran kicker Martin Gramatica, league resources right here informed ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli.
Vinatieri has transformed all seven field-goal makes an attempt within the first two outings of the season, and he additionally treated the kickoffs. He overcame a ligament sprain in his plant ankle and a chipped bone — accidents that significantly restricted his paintings within the preseason — to get better in time for the beginning of the steady season. Through two video games, the two-time Pro Bowl variety leads the league in scoring with 27 issues on seven subject objectives and 6 more issues.
Colts officers auditioned Gramatica, who had a brief stint with the group in 2004, on Wednesday, and he kicked neatly. Gramatica, 30, stayed right here all week, assuming the Colts may want him as an insurance coverage for the Jaguars game. If it’s made up our minds in pregame warmups that Vinatieri cannot maintain the placements, then Gramatica will tackle the ones obligations as neatly.
Plagued by way of accidents the previous two seasons, Gramatica used to be out of the league in 2005 and has now not tried a subject target in a regular-season game since November 2004. He signed with New England this spring and transformed each his field-goal makes an attempt within the preseason however used to be launched.
The six-year veteran spent the vast majority of his NFL tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, together with 3 seasons underneath trainer Tony Dungy, however he used to be launched past due in 2004 and signed by way of Indianapolis to maintain kickoff chores. He averaged 61.eight yards for the Colts whilst dealing with the kickoff tasks in 4 video games. His occupation kickoff moderate is 62.nine yards.
For his occupation, Gramatica has transformed 137 of 179 field-goal makes an attempt and all however two of his 183 extra-point tries for 592 issues. But his occupation, which incorporated an all-rookie group variety in 1999 and a Pro Bowl look in 2000, spiraled downward his ultimate two seasons with the Bucs, and his inconsistency led to his 2004 unencumber. Notable, too, is that Gramatica is simply 43-for-71 on field-goal tries past 39 yards.
The former Kansas State superstar used to be a third-round selection within the ’99 draft, two times scored greater than 100 issues for the Bucs, and nonetheless holds most of the franchise’s placement information.
Contract main points for his take care of the Colts weren’t in an instant to be had. The contract, regardless that, is most probably for the minimal wage of $585,000, prorated over the selection of weeks he’s with the group.
Information from ESPN.com senior NFL author Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press used to be used on this record.