The New England Patriots returned to the practice fields Wednesday without a kicker.
Stephen Gostkowski has since been placed on injured reserve, as the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride reported. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, a left hip injury will require season-ending surgery for the franchise’s all-time scoring leader.
It marks the second time Gostkowski has gone to injured reserve during his tenure, with Shayne Graham signing when the incumbent out of Memphis was last sidelined in November 2010.
Here’s the initial injury report heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET meeting with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: no players listed
- Redskins: QB Case Keenum (foot), TE Vernon Davis (concussion), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)
Ben Watson, like Gostkowski, was not spotted during the open portion of practice Wednesday. But the Patriots received a temporary roster exemption for the 38-year-old tight end, who was reinstated by the NFL from his September suspension earlier this week.
Washington, on the other hand, worked without five players and remain in a to-be-determined situation at quarterback between Keenum, Colt McCoy and rookie Dwayne Haskins.
- Patriots: RB Rex Burkhead (foot), WR Julian Edelman (chest), WR Josh Gordon (knee), WR Gunner Olszewski (hamstring), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), S Patrick Chung (heel), S Nate Ebner (groin)
- Redskins: WR Terry McLaurin (hamstring), C Chase Roullier (knee), CB Josh Norman (knee)
Burkhead, Edelman, Gordon, Olszewski, Chung and Ebner all were active for the Patriots last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. But Gordon and Chung are notable arrivals on the injury report with knee and heel ailments, respectively.
And for Washington, McClaurin turned in a limited practice to begin the week after being scratched last weekend due to a hamstring injury. The rookie wideout has caught 16 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns over three games with the Redskins this fall.
- Patriots: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder)
- Redskins: DT Matt Ioannidis (foot), DT Daron Payne (knee)
The Patriots upgraded Bennett to full participation after the veteran defensive lineman received the questionable tag in Week 4. Bennett has notched a pair of sacks thus far into 2019 while playing 40 percent of the snaps.
Ioannidis and Payne have a combined seven starts this campaign on Washington’s side of the aisle.