Perhaps Stephen Gostkowski’s terrible start to the season has a more serious underlying issue. The historically sure footed kicker has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season with hip surgery. Gostkowski has been noticeably off this season going 7 of 8 on field goal attempts (87.5%) and 11 of 15 on extra points (73.3%). The missed extra points are certainly a sign that something is wrong.
It remains unclear who’ll be kicking for the Patriots against Washington on Sunday, but the team did host several free agents to fill in at Wednesday’s practice. Gostkowski attempted every kick for the Patriots over the past eight seasons.
Depending on how his replacement does, Gostkowski may or may not be brought back in 2020.
Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, per source. He is expected to be ready to kick for the 2020 season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2019
How did Stephen Gostkowski get hurt? My guess is it happened on this kickoff return here. Look at the way he slips and falls awkwardly trying to make the tackle. Slow to get up afterwards.
— Mac Cerullo (@MacCerullo) October 2, 2019