Colts Mr.Dependable, kicker Adam Vinatieri, had surgery on his right hip this week, but is expected to be ready for the regular season opener. Vinatieri was treated by the same doctor that operated on Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, Dr. Marc Phillipon.
The Colts have said little about a timetable for the kickers return, other than he should be ready to go on September 13th, opening day vs the Jaguars. “I kind of would fall back to Dr. Phillipon’s directions and he said he would be ready for the season,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “So we’ll follow his lead in that regard.”
The team said that Vinatieri had discomfort in his hip for more than a year and the pain had become more bothersome. Vinatieri made the winning kick in two of New England’s Super Bowl victories and made the tying and winning kick against Oakland in a blizzard during the Patriots’ first Super Bowl run. Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings in 13 NFL seasons.