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INDIANAPOLIS – Outside of the Green Bay Packers and Mason Crosby, every NFL team has had to go through uncertainty at the kicker position like the Indianapolis Colts are (finally) dealing with this week.

With Adam Vinatieri’s availability for Sunday undecided—due to a nagging groin injury on his kicking leg—the Colts worked out kickers, just in case their Hall of Fame kicker isn’t healthy enough to play in Week Eight.

Treatment on Vinny’s groin is currently the focus, before the kicker tests out his right leg later in the week, determining his availability for Sunday.

For now, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Colts worked out kickers Cairo Santos, Kai Forbath and Taylor Bertolet on Tuesday.

Given the Colts’ situation, it sounds like a more experienced option would be the route to go this week, if Vinny isn’t healthy enough for Sunday.

“I’d say probably for our situation that we could potentially be in, we would want more of a veteran presence, someone with experience, but we’ll see how it goes,” Colts special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone said on Tuesday.


Santos (55 career games) and Forbath (75 career games) fit the experienced kicker goal.


Punter/holder Rigoberto Sanchez isn’t a likely option to be the kicker going into Sunday’s game, Ventrone said on Tuesday.


But the former college kicker (21-of-24 field goals at Hawaii), who occasionally practices place kicking for the Colts, is a capable in-game option, if an injury occurred.


“If it came down to that, he could do it,” Ventrone said of the second-year punter stepping in to place kick during a game. “A lot of times it comes with the other pieces around it. We have other guys that can hold, but as consistent as you would like? Probably not. So if something happened in a game, we have guys that can hold to get you through a game. But going into a game, you probably want to have a little bit more security with the operation.


“If something happened with Vinny in a game, Rigo could get us out of the game as a kicker. But going into a game, I’m not sure that’s the best option.”


This is a situation that will reach a final decision as the week plays out, seeing how Vinny bounces back from his groin injury.


“We are going to see how he goes the next couple of days and make a decision based on the information he gives us, based off his health,” Ventrone said of Vinatieri.


In non-kicker news, here are some other takeaways from coordinator day for the Colts:


  • Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni detailed Marlon Mack’s running style, which led to 129 rushing yards on Sunday: “Marlon is patient and is able to predict where guys are going to end up based off the structure of the defense. Marlon just has a unique vision quality. On top of that, he can really hit it, when it’s time to hit it. He has that gear of a nice, quick acceleration that is there before the linebackers hit the hole or the defensive linemen get off their blocks. It’s been a great asset and spark to the run game.”
  • Sirianni admitted the current line combination the Colts are using, and finding rare success with, wasn’t one of the likely combos during Training Camp. But the group has talent and that was very evident against a top-10 Buffalo defense: “I’m seeing a lot of movement, moving the defensive line against their will. I see double teams moving the defense, just power, power by Braden Smith, power by Quenton Nelson, good quickness by Ryan Kelly and just good fundamental technique by Anthony Castonzo and just mean and nastiness by (Mark) Glowinski. That entire group, they all have their special qualities.”
  • Speaking of Glowinski, just because he wasn’t a top-40 pick of his respective draft doesn’t mean he lacks talent. Glowinski was a fourth-round draft pick of Seattle in 2015 and had 19 career starts with the Seahawks. “He’s a grinder,” Castonzo said of Glowinski, who has started at right guard for three straight games, on Tuesday. “If everyone had a chance to watch him in the weight room, they would be incredibly impressed with him. I know I am. He’s a physical specimen and has the ability to physically move people out of the way which is a huge thing for a guard.”
  • With Clayton Geathers practicing more last week, the Colts should have a starter getting back to game action possibly as early as Sunday. Of course, in Geathers’ absence, Mike Mitchell has played tremendous football and done nothing to lose his starting job. The Colts are currently sifting through some packages of how to get them onto the field together when sub personnel is needed: “We are working through that right now,” Eberflus said on Tuesday. “We have talked about a lot of different scenarios, a lot of different things in terms of who, what, when, situational and we are trying to find the best combination for that right now.”
  • Anthony Walker continues to play sound football at the MIKE linebacker position. Eberflus has liked what Walker has given the Colts, especially after missing the entire preseason with a groin injury. “We like where (Walker) is right now,” Eberflus said on Tuesday. “He’s a good athlete, has good instincts and he’s got good desire, works hard in practice. He studies. He asks good questions and he’s been diligent all the way through the process.”
  • Last year in Week Seven, T.Y. Hilton was calling out the Colts’ offensive line after Jacoby Brissett was sacked 10 times in a shutout loss to the Jaguars. But Hilton was singing a totally different tune on Tuesday when asked about the play of the offensive line from Sunday’s win over the Bills. “They did an incredible, incredible job,” Hilton said of the line on Tuesday. “They made the defensive line quit. They made them quit and just played great. We had a great game plan for them. We wanted to impose our will on them and that’s what we did.”
  • It sounds like defensive lineman Jihad Ward is heading for injured reserve. Ward was scootering around the locker room on Tuesday with a boot on his injured left ankle. The promising young defensive lineman said his injuries from Sunday involve “bones and ligaments.” Ward had 3.0 sacks in sub packages for the Colts this season. The 24-year-old defensive lineman is a restricted free agent in 2019.