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INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri’s record-breaking quest could be temporarily on hold.The seemingly ageless kicker re-injured his right groin during the Indianapolis Colts’ victory over Buffalo on Sunday and underwent an MRI on Monday. Coach Frank Reich acknowledged he might miss this weekend’s game at Oakland.Vinatieri first appeared on the injury report in Week 5 before facing his former team Malik Hooker Jersey , New England. The 43-year-old looked fine in the game, making a 54-yard field goal and finishing with six points to move within 20 of breaking Morten Andersen’s league scoring record of 2,544 points.The kicker added three more field goals in Week 6 against the New York Jets and another against the Bills — though he also missed two extra points in a game for the first time in his 23-year career. He needs five points to move past Andersen.“We just know he felt a little something on the first PAT, so we are just going to see how the week progresses,” Reich said on a conference call. “We’re going to bring in some kickers, just so you guys know, but we are not going to make any decisions until later.”Vinatieri has been a model of consistency throughout his career.His legacy as the best clutch kicker in history began with two kicks in the “Snow Bowl,” one to force overtime and one to beat Oakland in overtime. That victory helped lead New England to its second Super Bowl appearance.Two weeks later, he made the winning kick in the final minute to give the Patriots their first championship since the AFL-NFL merger. He made another last-minute Darius Leonard Jersey White , Super Bowl-winning kick two years later to give the Patriots the second of their five Lombardi Trophies.The story continued after he signed with Indianapolis before the 2006 season. Vinatieri made five field goals in a divisional-round matchup at Baltimore, a game in which no touchdowns were scored, to help send the Colts on their first title run since moving to Indianapolis.Vinatieri has four championship rings, is a three-time All-Pro selection and last month broke Andersen’s record for field goals. Andersen finished with 565. Vinatieri has 571.And Vinatieri has achieved all those feats largely because of his uncanny ability to stay healthy. He’s missed only 15 games during his career, 10 coming in 2009, when he finished the season on injured reserve.This injury even caught Reich by surprise.“I thought he was just like a robot,” Reich said. “He’s a machine. But the good thing is he has that mental toughness, that mindset to do what he has done in his career. You know he has the right mindset to get past this — whatever course it should take.”Now, though Peyton Manning Jersey , Reich and Co. must figure out their next move.Reich doesn’t anticipate Indy (2-5) signing Vinatieri’s potential replacement immediately and instead will rely on trainers to closely monitor Vinatieri’s health, consulting the kicker before making a decision.Keeping him out this week could work to Vinatieri’s advantage, too.The Colts have a bye following the Oakland game, giving Vinatieri two weeks to heal, then play three straight games in the climate-controlled confines of Lucas Oil Stadium.Sitting out a week also could help Vinatieri achieve his stated preference of breaking Andersen’s record on his home turf — even if this wasn’t how he planned it.“Ultimately, when you’ve got a guy like Adam, who’s just so unique, we are going to listen to him,” Reich said. “We are going to listen to the trainers Darius Leonard Jersey , and that will be what will inform our decision.”NOTES: Reich provided no updates on tight end Erik Swoope, who did not return after hurting his knee Sunday, or defensive lineman Jihad Ward, who was carted off the field after appearing to injure his right ankle. … Reich also could not say whether Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle (hip) could return this week. Doyle has missed six straight games.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta Colts head coach Frank Reich said after Sunday’s 20-16 loss to the Eagles that he tabbed Jacoby Brissett to throw a Hail Mary at the end of the game because he had the arm to get the ball to the end zone from Colts territory.That obviously means he didn’t feel Andrew Luck had the arm to get the ball there and Luck doesn’t disagree with Reich’s read. Luck said during his postgame press conference that Brissett “has a stronger arm than I do” and had “no problems” with the decision to put him into the game. Luck was asked if he thought he could have made that throw before his right shoulder injury.“I don鈥檛 know,” Luck said. “I was never in a situation to go out there and do it. I think in this situation, to be honest, I don鈥檛 know if I could go out there and do it to run around and scramble, step foot in the ground, and try to chuck it.”Luck was also asked about a game plan that seemed to emphasize shorter throws Malik Hooker Jersey White , as evidenced by his average of four yards per attempt over the course of the afternoon.“We had [deep] shots in the game plan,” Luck said. “You saw us open it up, especially in the second half. I think it never comes down to one thing, per se. I don鈥檛 think I was necessarily throwing it that well early in the game, and then settled into a rhythm. [Colts WR] Ryan Grant made a heck of a touchdown catch early, and that certainly helped me feel in a bit of a rhythm. There are a lot of factors. You can鈥檛 start a game against a good front four just dropping back seven steps and heaving it up.”Reich chalked up the lack of deep throws to the Eagles defense and said “it would have been reckless” to push throws in that scenario. The result was a shortage of points and more losses will likely follow if the Colts can’t figure out a way to open up defenses in the weeks to come.
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