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Patriots work out kickers after placing Gostkowski on IR

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots have had just three placekickers in the Bill Belichick era but that will soon change.

The team on Wednesday was working out kickers inside Gillette Stadium after placing Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve.

According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Gostkowski has a hip injury that will require season-ending surgery.

The Patriots have reportedly narrowed the field down to two possible replacements: Kai Forbath and Mike Nugent.

Gostkowski was not present for the media portion of practice on Wednesday, nor was tight end Benjamin Watson who’s set to rejoin the team after serving a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

Since Belichick took over, the Patriots’ kicking duties have primarily been handled by Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri, with Shayne Graham taking over for nine games in 2010 after Gostkowski suffered an injury.

Gostkowski, 35, has attempted every field goal and extra point for New England since the beginning of the 2011 season. His effectiveness has been a point of concern as of late, having missed four extra points and a field goal so far this year.

The undefeated Patriots are getting ready to face the 0-4 Redskins in Washington on Sunday.

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