FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots need a new kicker.
The Pats placed Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve Wednesday, likely ending his season after four weeks.
Gostkowski has been dealing with a long-term hip injury, a source confirmed to the Herald. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Gostkowski will undergo season-ending surgery on the hip and is expected to return in 2020. News of the move was first reported by The Boston Globe.
In a disappointing start to his 14th season, Gostkowski missed one field goal and four extra points. He missed a PAT in the team’s last three contests, including a pair at Miami in Week 2. The Patriots re-signed the 35-year-old this offseason, when he became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
Gostkowski has attempted every kick for the Patriots since 2010. During that season, he was placed on IR with a thigh injury in mid-November. The Pats signed veteran Shayne Graham to replace him.
The Pats worked out multiple free agents Wednesday afternoon, including veteran journeymen Kai Forbath and Mike Nugent. The team did not sign one as of Wednesday evening. Patriots coach Bill Belichick deflected questions about reports of the workouts late Wednesday morning, saying they were not related to competition for Gostkowski.
Rookie punter Jake Bailey could kick off in Gostowski’s place. Bailey, whom the Patriots traded up to select in the fifth round of April’s draft, kicked off in college at Stanford.