Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri aggravated a groin strain Sunday in a win against the Bills, and the team will hold tryouts for kickers this week.
However, Colts coach Frank Reich did not rule out Vinatieri for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
“We’re going to bring in some kickers (for a tryout),’’ Reich said (via Fox 59 in Indianapolis), “but we’re not going to make any decisions until later … we’ll see how the week plays out.’’
The 45-year-old kicker originally appeared on an injury report earlier this month with the groin strain. He aggravated the injury while missing his first PAT attempt Sunday. He remained in the game and hit his only field goal attempt, from 36 yards out, but missed one of his other three PAT attempts.
Reich said the team will monitor the situation this week before deciding Vinatieri’s status. But he praised the kicker’s toughness.
“I thought he was just like a robot. I mean, he’s a machine,” Reich said. “The good thing is he has that mental toughness, that mindset. To do what he’s done in his career, he’s got the right mindset to get past this whatever course it should take.’’
In his 23rd NFL season, Vinatieri stands on the brink of NFL history, as he’s only four points behind Morten Andersen’s all-time NFL scoring record of 2,544 points.