Patriots' kicker situation has only become more mysterious

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The question has burned brighter and louder as the week has gone along: who's kicking for the Patriots on Sunday?

It's now Friday before the Patriots face the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium, but there's still no official update about the team's kicker situation. And it only got more confusing on Friday morning, because Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Patriots are re-signing Nick Folk - only to walk it back minutes later.

"Update to this, with Bill Belichick telling reporters that Folk may not be headed back: The question was, Is he healthy enough after his appendectomy? And perhaps he’s not," Rapoport tweeted soon after saying the Pats are expected to re-sign Folk. He then followed that up with a clarification, tweeting that Folk will kick on Friday to see how he feels and if he feels good enough he will likely re-sign with the Patriots.

In other words, the Patriots still don't have a kicker nailed down for Sunday.

Nick Folk of the New England Patriots makes a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
Nick Folk of the New England Patriots makes a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Rapoport's second tweet implied, however, that Belichick said Folk would not be re-signing. When asked if he had an announcement on the initial report of Folk re-signing, Belichick said "Nope." That likely means that Belichick simply wouldn't announce the move. He almost never confirms transactions before they are officially announced.

Given what is reported, it all comes down to how Folk feels. The Patriots would have to break glass in case of emergency once again if Folk doesn't feel good enough to re-sign. But Belichick's "Nope" shouldn't be interpreted as Folk not re-signing, just that he didn't want to announce it yet.

We'll see how it goes.

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