Colts to be without Adam Vinatieri, T.Y. Hilton vs. Bucs

Vinatieri, who has spent the first few years of his career with the New England Patriots, has had such a leisurely season so far. Despite a career of consistency and production, Vinatieri's 2019 season will forever be looked upon as an outlier.

Hilton didn't rule out playing Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he also acknowledged his injury - which worsened with a setback last Wednesday - could take weeks to heal.

Vinatieri is expected to meet with the team and doctors later Thursday to determine his future this season. Though he doesn't have all of the information to give a definitive answer, it was less than encouraging. "I will approve until I finish and then we will make a decision".

Vinatieri said Thursday he needed clarity from medical personnel regarding chronic knee pain.

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It hasn't been a fun season for Vinatieri, to say the least. If Vinatieri can't suit up this week, McLaughlin will kick for his third team this season. He has missed a total of 14 kicks: eight field goals and six extra points.

Hilton missed two games to injury last season but had previously played in 94 of a possible 96 games in his National Football League career. He missed three of four field goal attempts in last Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

During Mack's two-game absence, the Colts split carries between Jonathan Williams, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. They've even held tryouts for kickers on two separate occasions this season.

  • Lawrence Cooper