New England Patriots

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Place kicker Nick Folk #2 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Will Newton/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The New England Patriots are likely going to need a new kicker for Sunday’s head-to-head with the Houston Texans, as Nick Folk had an appendectomy on Thursday, according to CLNS Media’s Mike Petraglia (and confirmed by multiple outlets).

Signed by the Patriots on Oct. 30 as the in-season replacement for Mike Nugent (who was the in-season replacement for the injured Stephen Gostkowski), the 35-year-old Folk has hit on seven of his nine field goal attempts through three games with the Patriots, including a season-long of 44 in last Sunday’s 13-9 win over the Cowboys.

With Folk expected to be out, the Patriots will certainly be in the market for a Rent-A-Kicker weekend experience, which could lead them back to Nugent, who remains unsigned after knocking down five of eight attempts in his four-game Pats run.