Could Colts keep Stover over Vinatieri?

Indianapolis Colts kicker Matt Stover missed his only field goal attempt in today’s game against the Houston Texans.

That miss may have made Adam Vinatieri breathe a sigh of relief.

Vinatieri, who missed his sixth game today with a knee injury, is widely expected to get the Colts’ kicking job back as soon as he’s healthy enough to play. But Vinatieri himself acknowledged before today’s game that Stover had played well enough to make it a fair question whether the Colts would might keep Stover even after Vinatieri is ready to go.

“No matter who is out there, whether it’s myself or Matt, the team will be in pretty good hands,” Vinatieri said. “If he continues to do well, you never know, hey, why not make it a tough decision?”

Stover’s miss today may have made it an easier decision, and once Vinatieri completely recovers from knee surgery, Stover is likely to be out of work. But just because Vinatieri has a reputation as a clutch kicker, that doesn’t mean he’s above getting cut.