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Patriots release Mike Nugent, sign veteran kicker Nick Folk

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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 27: kicker Mike Nugent #2 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal in the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots are reportedly giving kicker Mike Nugent the boot.

The Patriots released Nugent on Tuesday. Nugent, 37, joined the team after Stephen Gostowski suffered a season-ending hip injury.

Nugent played in four games and converted 5-of-8 field-goal attempts and 15-of-16 extra-point attempts.

His release comes after he missed a 34-year field goal and had a field goal blocked during Sunday’s win against the Cleveland Browns.

To replace Nugent, the Patriots have signed Nick Folk, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Folk, a veteran kicker who has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, has made 34 of his 44 career kicks.

Most recently, Folk appeared in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF) with the Arizona Hotshots.

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