The Indianapolis Colts kicker will undergo season-ending left knee surgery and finish the 2019 campaign on injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. Adam Vinatieri would stroll through the locker room before practice and Darius Leonard, a teammate 22 years his junior, would bahhhhh like a goat. And the NFL's career scoring leader repeatedly refused to say that the injury played any part in an uncharacteristic season in which he missed a league-high 14 kicks - six extra points and eight field goals.More news: Banksy draws attention to homelessness in street art Christmas piece
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The Colts, despite working out 11 kickers at two different times this season, stuck with Vinatieri even though he made a career-low 68 percent of his field goal attempts this season.More news: The road-legal McLaren 620R promises GT4 racer performance | GRR
Vinatieri entered the NFL in 1996 and has scored 2,673 points - ahead of Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen - in his 365 games with the New England Patriots and Colts. From there, he'd bounce back en route to landing a two-year, $6 million extension in 2016 with a Colts team that had reportedly considered releasing him during his injury-riddled 2009 season, but opted to instead stay the course.