New England Patriots Injury News: Who Could Replace Stephen Gostkowski?

Rob Gronkowski's decision to retire after Super Bowl LIII meant the New England Patriots began the season without one of their cornerstones.

Barely a month into the campaign and the reigning Super Bowl champions have lost another familiar face, after placing Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

A fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Gostkowski has been the Patriots go-to-man for field goals and extra points since entering the NFL and has missed just nine out of a possible 241 regular season and playoff games.

The four-time Pro Bowler, however, will be out of the season after the Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday, as first reported by Jim McBride of The Boston Globe.

The Patriots have worked out a couple of kickers soon after news of the injury emerged and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested they could bring in more players on Thursday.

Here's a look at a host of players who could replace Gostkowski this season.

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Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots looks on prior to attempting a field goal during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 8 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty

Mike Nugent

Nugent has played for eight different teams during a 15-year spell in the NFL but has not seen regular action since the 2016 season, his final campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Since then, the second-round pick of the 2005 draft has played for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders but appeared in just 11 games combined.

That said, he converted 89.5 percent of his 19 field goal attempts and 86.4 percent of his 22 extra points.

Kai Forbath

Forbath doesn't have the same mileage of Nugent but has accumulated considerable experience during an eight-season spell in the NFL across six teams.

The former UCLA product has been a free agent since being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in February, after playing just three games last season.

In 2017, his last full season, Forbath converted 84.2 percent of his 38 field goals and 87.2 percent of extra points for the Minnesota Vikings.

Blair Walsh

An All-Pro in 2012, Walsh last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Seattle Seahawks. This summer he was on the Atlanta Falcons preseason roster but did not make the cut.

The former Georgia Bulldog holds the NFL record for most field goals of 50 yards or longer made in a season and for the most consecutive field goals of 50 yards or more made.

He also set the highest field goal percentage completion in a rookie season with 92.1 percent.

Matthew Wright

Wright was undrafted this year after leaving Central Florida, where in his final season he converted all of his 74 PATs attempts and 85.7 percent of his 14 field goals.

He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason but failed to make the cut.

Elliott Fry

Like Wright, Fry also went undrafted after leaving South Carolina in 2017. The 24-year-old spent the first two weeks of preseason with the Chicago Bears as the team looked for a replacement for Cody Parkey.

Fry was cut after Week 2 of preseason and was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens, but was cut before the start of the regular season and he's yet to play a competitive game in the NFL.

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