Stover signing with the Colts

Veteran kicker Matt Stover worked out with the Colts on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a league source tells us he has agreed to terms.

Stover will replace Adam Vinatieri, who per Adam Schefter of ESPN will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

The absence of Vinatieri and the presence of the 41-year-old Stover could open the door for rookie punter Pat McAfee to get a crack at the longer field goals.  The former West Virginia standout was recruited as a kicker but took over the punting duties due to an undeniably strong leg, and he remains the only person to kick a field goal of 50 yards or longer at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.

UPDATE:  The team has announced that Vinatieri has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove a piece of cartilage from his right knee.  The team says that Vinatieri is expected to miss four to eight weeks.  The Colts have not yet announced the addition of Stover.

19 responses to “Stover signing with the Colts

  1. WOW – FOOTBALL NEWS instead of the usual Political Correctness garbage, gossip column and oh yea, politics crap.

  2. Whoa, Vox is a little bitter about the Rossum thing.
    What college did you say this spectacular young kicker went to?

  3. VoxVeritas says: October 14, 2009 10:45 AM
    OMG is this how bad it’s gotten for the Colts? Signing players from the Ravens’ trash heap?
    Hack.
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    As opposed to signing players from the 49ers trash heap?

  4. Vox: How bad it’s gotten for the Colts? Why don’t you remind me what the Colts record is…then what the Cowboys record is. I’m sure you’ll probably show some useless garbage stats about the Cowboys that don’t really matter.
    Not to mention….i’m pretty sure the Ravens would destroy the Cowboys if they played this season. Let me remind you of something. Cowboys went into OVERTIME with the Chiefs.
    Good luck with ATL….you’ll need it.

  5. What’s this? You broke a football story? I mean, it’s regarding a kicker, but still, it’s a football story!

  6. In a dome? Matt Stover ? are you kiddin me? – great signing! Extremely accurate, awesome character. Although his range may not be the greatest, from inside the 45 he will be lights out in that dome.

  7. Stover should still be Ravens’ kicker. They drafted his replacement, Gano, who sucked, then they kept the suppposedly kid with the long kickoffs who hasn’t put it in the endzone yet this season. Not sure why they got rid of him in the first place and Colts again stole something from Bmore.
    IrSAY is an IDIOT

  8. ARBoost says:
    October 14, 2009 10:54 AM
    Hope your guys field goal are 30 yards or closer.
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    Have you SEEN the Colts offence? Not a problem.
    jamaltimore says:
    October 14, 2009 12:19 PM
    Stover should still be Ravens’ kicker. They drafted his replacement, Gano, who sucked, then they kept the suppposedly kid with the long kickoffs who hasn’t put it in the endzone yet this season. Not sure why they got rid of him in the first place and Colts again stole something from Bmore.
    IrSAY is an IDIOT
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    Seriously? Two and a half DECADES ago, his father moved the team. Get over it already! The Raven’s aren’t half bad.

  9. Matt Stover is a class act and a future Ravens ROH inductee. I wish him nothing but the very best (except on 11/22/09)!

  10. Stover is great from 45 yards and shorter. His kickoffs always landed on the 10-15 yard line so the teams always started drives on the 30 yard line after return.
    Great pickup. Maybe Colts need to look at picking up a FA kicker after next years draft and groom him to replace Vinatieri.

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