Reich: Colts have "confidence and belief" in Vinatieri as team's kicker

Adam Vinatieri after Sunday's game at Tennessee. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Questions swirling around the future of Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri have apparently calmed for the moment.

After Vinatieri missed two extra points in Sunday's 19-17 Colts win over Tennessee, he told Eyewitness Sports anchor Dave Calabro he would talk on Monday, a day the team usually has off. Team owner Jim Irsay also expressed concerns about his kicker, who also missed an extra point and two field goals in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.


Vinatieri's comments led to speculation that he might make an announcement about his future - and possibly his retirement - Monday at the Colts complex. But he left the facility around 3 p.m. with no press conference or other comments.

A short time later, head coach Frank Reich spoke on a conference call with the media and reaffirmed Vinatieri was still the team's kicker. He said he spoke with Vinatieri and the team has "confidence and belief" that he will figure out his woes.

In fact, he told reporters he hoped Vinatieri would get a chance to win the game Sunday after the rough outing in the season opener.

"In a strange way before the game started yesterday, I was kind of hoping it came down to a 60-yard field goal to win the game. I’m hoping that that’s going to happen one of these games and he’s the guy – there’s nobody else I’d trust more than I would trust Adam Vinatieri," Reich said.

Reich also said Vinatieri will speak with the media on Tuesday.