Pa­tri­ots place Gostkowski on in­jured re­serve

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FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots kick­ing sit­u­a­tion went from trou­ble­some to worse.

The Pa­tri­ots an­nounced Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that they are plac­ing Stephen Gostkowski on the in­jured re­serve. This move is likely the rea­son why the 35-year-old kicker has strug­gled this sea­son. A four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Gostkowski has long been one of the best kick­ers in the NFL. This sea­son, how­ever, some­thing has been off.

This year has been a strug­gle for Gostkowski. In four games, he’s made just 11of-15 (73.3%) of his ex­tra point at­tempts and 7of-8 (87.5%) of his field goal at­tempts. Over­all, Gostkowski has missed five kicks in the last three games. Last week­end, in Buf­falo, he missed an ex­tra point at­tempt — wide right from the left hash. In a 16-10 win, the Pa­tri­ots cer­tainly could’ve used that ex­tra point.

“Yeah, I think as a team, there’s a lot of things that we can do bet­ter, so we’re work­ing ev­ery area to im­prove,” Bill Belichick said when asked about the field-goal unit. “I think we can im­prove in all three phases of the game and within those phases there’s a lot of things we can work on there as well. We need work on

ev­ery­thing. It’s barely Oc­to­ber. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Gostkowski will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn off the in­jured re­serve in Week 14, but it re­mains to be seen if that’ll be pos­si­ble. The Pa­tri­ots are al­lowed to bring back two play­ers off their IR. Their op­tions right now are N’Keal Harry, Isa­iah Wynn, James Develin and Gostkowski. — Mark Daniels, The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal

(Prov­i­dence, R.I.)

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