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Adam Vinatieri's Career Likely Over After Colts Place Him on Injured Reserve

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has been placed on Injured Reserve, likely ending his legendary career.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri has been placed on Injured Reserve, likely ending his legendary career. | Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Is this the end of the road for Adam Vinatieri? On Monday morning, the Indianapolis Colts announced they've placed the veteran kicker on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.

At 46 years old and turning 47 later this month, all signs are pointing to this potentially being the end of the road for No. 4, especially given his struggles this season.

Vinatieri has undoubtedly kicked his way into the Hall of Fame. He has 599 made field goals to his name, with a 83.8% average. AV also connected on 97.3% of his PAT attempts. He's also the NFL's all-time scoring leader, compiling a total of 2,673 points across his 24-year playing career.

In the league since 1996, Vinatieri suited up for the Patriots until 2005 and joined the Colts all the way back in 2006. He won three Super Bowls with New England, and took home the Lombardi Trophy with Peyton Manning and Indy in '06. His four Super Bowl wins are the most by a kicker in NFL history.

Vinatieri will go down as one of the best to ever hit the NFL gridirons. If this indeed is all she wrote due to his knee injury, cheers to more than 20 years of outstanding play, Adam.