Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski to have season-ending hip surgery

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski will have season-ending surgery for a left hip injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

Gostkowski has been placed on injured reserve. He is expected to be ready for the 2020 season, the source told Schefter.

Gostkowski, 35, who has been the Patriots' kicker since 2006, missed four extra point attempts during the team's 4-0 start. He was 7-for-8 on field goal attempts. He also handled kickoffs, and he was tied for second in the NFL with 21 touchbacks. Rookie punter Jake Bailey, who has experience with kickoffs, could take over those duties.

After having a handful of kickers in for workouts Wednesday, the Patriots have narrowed the field to 32-year-old Kai Forbath and 37-year-old Mike Nugent, sources told Schefter.

Forbath, who has kicked for the Redskins, Saints, Vikings and Jaguars, is 120-for-140 on field goals attempts over his career.

Nugent, who has been with the Jets, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Bengals, Cowboys, Bears and Raiders, is 253-for-311 on field goals.

This will mark the first time since 2010 that the Patriots have had a kicker other than Gostkowski. That was the season Gostkowski landed on injured reserve due to a thigh injury and the team signed veteran Shayne Graham to fill the void.


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