Adam Vinatieri after more missed XPs: 'You'll hear from me tomorrow'

Adam Vinatieri is, by any statistical metric, the greatest kicker in NFL history. He holds the league’s all-time career scoring record, and he’s been as automatic as you can get since 1996.

But he’s struggled this year, struggled badly. He missed two extra points in Sunday’s win over the Titans. That followed a Week 1 game in which he missed one extra point and two field goals of 46 and 29 yards. That’s about as un-Vinatieri a performance as you can get.

After the game, Vinatieri had an ominous statement to assembled media:

“You’ll hear from me tomorrow,” Vinatieri said. When reminded that Monday is usually an off day for the Colts, Vinatieri indicated that he would indeed be speaking to the media Monday, regardless of the rest of the team.

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Vinatieri surpassed Morten Andersen's NFL record for points with this kick. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Vinatieri surpassed Morten Andersen's NFL record for points with this kick. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) celebrates with teammates after kicking a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Vinatieri surpassed Morten Andersen's NFL record for points with this kick. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, right, is congratulated by teammates after kicking a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Vinatieri surpassed Morten Andersen's NFL record for points with this kick. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) celebrates with teammates after kicking an extra point against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) celebrates with tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) after kicking a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen's NFL record for points with this kick. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The obvious extrapolation here is that Vinatieri will announce his retirement, and given that he’s 46 years old, that would come as no surprise. Here’s how long he’s been playing: his first season with the Patriots, the team lost to the Brett Favre-led Packers in the Super Bowl. At that point, the Patriots had won exactly zero Super Bowls. Steve Young, John Elway and Dan Marino were still playing. That’s a long time ago.

We’ll find out soon enough what Vinatieri has in mind. Regardless, he’s one of the all-time greats, and if this is the end for him, he’ll get all the praise he deserves while he waits for the call from Canton.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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