Colts rule out Heyward-Bey for Patriots game
Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will not play in Saturday's playoff game at New England.
Heyward-Bey did not practice all week because of a hamstring injury. Coach Chuck Pagano said Heyward-Bey was expected to miss at least a week and they signed former New England receiver Deion Branch to help fill the void.
Starting safety LaRon Landry and backup linebacker Josh McNary are listed as probable. Both have been full participants in practice this week after being diagnosed with concussions in last weekend's 45-44 victory over Kansas City in a wild-card game.
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, who got some extra rest this week, and offensive lineman Khaled Holmes, who hurt his calf, were the only other players on Friday's injury report. Both are listed as probable.
Vinatieri, Gostkowski get kicks in playoffs
Stephen Gostkowski sings on the sideline when he prepares to kick. Then he tries a field goal that could win a game for the New England Patriots.
He says that helps him visualize the ball going through the uprights.
His next chance comes Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional-round playoff game. An afternoon rain is expected to intensify by the time the game starts, but Gostkowski says it's his job to deal with all kinds of weather.
He's in his eighth year with the Patriots. The kicker he replaced is Adam Vinatieri, now with Indianapolis after 10 seasons with New England. Vinatieri says he expects his usual negative reception from Patriots fans.
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