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Colts place Vinatieri on IR

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri will finish this season on injured reserve with an injured left knee.

The 46-year-old Vinatieri hopes his stellar career ends differently. Vinatieri will have season-ending surgery for an injury he attempted to play through all season.

Coach Frank Reich said team doctors had monitored Vinatieri throughout the season and that it didn’t affect Vinatieri’s performance at practice. And the NFL’s career scoring leader repeatedly refused to say that the injury played any part in an uncharacteristic season in which he missed a league-high 14 kicks.

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