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Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said on Monday that Adam Vinatieri is a kicker.
"Adam is our kicker. … He is an instrumental leader in our team," Reich said in a teleconference.
Reich said this was the case for Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons and beyond.
"Adam will understand," Reich said. "This is far from catastrophic."
Vinatieri missed 2 of 3 extra points in Sunday's game. He missed two field goal attempts and a PAT in the Colts' openings against the Los Angeles Chargers.
"There is no one else to trust more than Adam Vinatieri," Reich added.
Coach deferred to general manager Chris Ballard on whether the team would score other kickers to try. Reich added that Vinatieri received regular knee treatment, but that was not a problem.
After Sunday's game, Vinatieri told reporters that he would speak on Monday, but he reportedly left the facility's staff mid-afternoon without comment.
For other problems
Pierre Desir left the Titans' knee injury game and he will be watched this week.
Darius Leonard developed symptoms of concussion and is on the record. He had 18 games in two weeks and had a late refusal to win the Titans.
Quarterback Chad Kelly's break is complete, but his status with the team will be determined later in the week.