Patriots Set to Sign New Kicker for Showdown Vs. Texans

The revolving door also known as the Patriots' kicker position is spinning once again.

Following Nick Folk's emergency appendectomy Thursday morning, New England is reportedly set to sign veteran Kai Forbath for Sunday night's showdown against the Texans. The news was first reported by ESPN's Field Yates.

Forbath will be the Patriots' fourth kicker of the season, following Stephen Gostkowski (Weeks 1-4), Mike Nugent (Weeks 5-8), and Folk (Weeks 9-12).

The 32-year-old Forbath has kicked for the Redskins, Saints, Vikings, and Jaguars over a seven-year NFL career. He hasn't been on an NFL roster since the end of last season, when he spent the last three weeks of the season with Jacksonville.

Overall, Forbath has converted on 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 94 percent of his PATs over his career.

This might end up being a one-week-only engagement for Forbath, as Folk's surgery was minimally invasive and has a short recovery time, according to's Ian Rapoport.

New England will need to release a player from its 53-man roster to make room for Forbath.

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