Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri's 24th NFL season has been highlighted by the 46-year-old's struggles. And things are continuing to trend in the wrong direction for the veteran kicker.
According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Vinatieri underwent an MRI on Wednesday on his knee and the result isn't ideal. Vinatieri is expected to meet with the team on Thursday morning to discuss his future.
Vinatieri showed up on the team's injury report on Wednesday with what was described to be knee pain, although he did participate in kicking drills during practice. Yet, the test results were not good, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in doubt.
This certainly explains why the Colts claimed former San Francisco 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers on Wednesday.
Vinatieri is having the worst statistical season of his Hall of Fame career. The veteran has made just 17-of-25 field goal attempts (68%), where two of his eight misses were blocked. In terms of extra points, Vinatieri successfully kicked 22-of-28 extra points (78.6%), another career low.
It's unknown if this is truly it for Adam Vinatieri, but it's certainly not the way he wanted to go out. We will keep you posted on Vinatieri's decision once updates are provided on Thursday.