"Adam is our kicker," coach Frank Reich said Wednesday, per Stephen Holder of The Athletic. "Chris (Ballard) and I have talked about the situation. Obviously, there have been other kickers in here... When you take a look, we believe Adam is the answer."
The 46-year-old has been a wreck this season, missing 11 attempts, most in the NFL. Vinatieri is 14 of 19 on field-goal attempts and 14 of 20 on extra-point tries. His 71.8 kick percent (FG and PATs) is lowest in the NFL (min. 10 kicks), per NFL Research.
The veteran kicker's woes have cost the 5-4 Colts several chances to stack victories. In Week 1, Vinatieri missed two field goals and an extra point in a six-point loss to the Chargers. In Week 9, he botched a field goal and an extra point in a two-point loss in Pittsburgh. In Week 10, his missed extra point led to the Colts trailing by four points late, needing a touchdown instead of a potential game-tying field goal late to possibly send the game to overtime against Miami.
All nine of Indy's games have been decided by one possession, underscoring the magnitude of Vinatieri's miscues. A kicker with virtually any other name would have been replaced by this point. The Colts, however, will give the benefit of the doubt to their previously trusty veteran once again.