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The greatest kicker ever won't play on Sunday

Remember Adam Vinatieri, who has four Super Bowl rings? Well, he's on the Colts' roster, but he's not expected to play on Sunday.

Vinatieri, who won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and another with the Colts, has been out since mid-October after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He believes he’s healthy enough to play, but the Colts are expected to go with former Ravens kicker Matt Stover.

“I’d love to be out there, but I understand if I’m not,” he said. “I’ve been feeling much better the last couple of weeks, but the fact is I haven’t played, so it makes a lot of sense for Matt to kick.”

If called upon, he’ll be ready. Just as he was for what could be the most famous kick in NFL history. Remember that 45-yarder for the Patriots … in the snow … against the Raiders to send the divisional round game into overtime? The field goal came shortly after it was ruled that Tom Brady hadn’t fumbled, but had begun his throwing motion forward. The Patriots retained possession because of the “tuck rule,” a highly controversial reversal.

“People ask out of 100 times I would have made that kick, and I’d say probably less than 50. Maybe less than 40, or even 30. I’m just happy I did it.”

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