Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was visibly hurt on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Fast forward two days later, and the front office found a potential short-term replacement for Blankenship.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Colts are signing kicker Michael Badgley. If Blankenship can’t play this weekend, Badgley will get promoted from the practice squad to kick against the Houston Texans.
Badgley was one of four veteran kickers who worked out for the Colts this Wednesday. He managed to beat out Brett Maher, Aldrick Rosas and Riley Patterson for the job.
The Colts are hopeful that Badgley can return to his 2018 form. During that season, he made 15-of-16 field goal attempts and all but one extra point attempt. He seriously regressed in 2020, though, making just 72.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
The #Colts are signing kicker Michael Badgley after today’s workout, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. So if Hot Rod can’t go, it’ll be Badgley getting promoted from the practice squad to kick on Sunday against the #Texans.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2021
Of course, Badgley’s status for Sunday strictly depends on whether or not Blankenship can play.
Blankenship missed two crucial field goal attempts on Monday night against the Ravens. He could’ve won the game for the Colts in the closing seconds of regulation if he just made his 47-yard try.
With the Colts currently sitting at 1-4 this season, it’s imperative they have some stability at kicker. They can’t afford another heartbreaking loss this year, especially if they want to compete for a division title.