Patriots sign kicker Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk

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Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath (2) kicks a 44-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots turned their revolving door on kickers Friday, signing veteran Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk.

Folk was released one day after he reportedly underwent an emergency appendectomy. He signed with the team on Oct. 30.

Forbath becomes the Patriots’ fourth kicker this season, succeeding Stephen Gostkowski, Mike Nugent and Folk.

Gostkowski, the kicker since 2006, was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 2. He converted 7-of-8 field-goal attempts and 11-of-15 conversions in four games.

Nugent signed on Oct. 3 and was released on Oct. 29 after missing three of eight field-goal attempts and one point-after in four games. Folk appeared in three games, connecting on 7-of-9 field-goal attempts and all three PATs.

Originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent out of UCLA in 2011, Forbath spent his rookie season on IR. He has since kicked for Washington (2012-15), New Orleans (2015), Minnesota (2016-17) and Jacksonville.

He has made 120-of-140 field goals (86% percent) and 173-of-182 PATs (94%) in 77 regular-season games.

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