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Tom Brady now the oldest active NFL player at 42 years old

Tom Brady now the oldest active NFL player at 42 years old

It's official. The oldest active player in the NFL is Tom Brady.

The New England Patriots quarterback, 42, officially took over the title from Indianapolis Colt kicker Adam Vinatieri. The former Patriot, 46, was placed on IR by the Colts on Monday after having surgery to repair a knee injury that had plagued him this season.

With Vinatieri on IR and his career possibly over, Brady could hold the mantle as the NFL's oldest players for the next few seasons. Of course, that would depend on his health and when he decides to retire, but the title should continue to be his to keep.

The only realistic threats to Brady's status as the NFL's oldest would be a comeback by Vinatieri or one by Matt Bryant, a 44-year-old kicker who started the season with the Atlanta Falcons before being cut. Neither seems very likely given the struggles the two veterans have endured this year.

Vinatieri made only 68 percent of his field goals and 78.6 percent of his extra points (both career lows) while Bryant made just 64.3 percent of his field goals.

The title of oldest active player may not mean a whole lot, but consider it a feather in the cap for Brady. He will certainly be proud of it as well, as this title aligns with his health and athletics company, TB12.

The next oldest active player in the league is Drew Brees. He will turn 41 in January.

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Bad news for Patriots fans hoping for Adam Vinatieri reunion

Bad news for Patriots fans hoping for Adam Vinatieri reunion

Adam Vinatieri's career coming full circle and returning to New England to solve the Patriots' kicking issue... the bread crumbs were all there.

Crumb #1: The Patriots don't have a kicker on the roster after releasing Kai Forbath.

Crumb #2: Vinatieri is in the midst of a disappointing season for the Colts.

Crumb #3: Indianapolis claimed rookie Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the 49ers.

Would the Colts turn to McLaughlin and release Vinatieri? And could the Patriots then sign the 46-year-old as their fifth kicker of the 2019?

But the (pipe) dream scenario of the likely future Hall of Famer coming back to where his NFL career started 23 years ago probably is just that: a dream.

After being limited in practice Wednesday, Vinatieri didn't kick at all Thursday, later telling reporters he has been dealing with knee pain all season long — and that it has increased recently. He had an MRI Wednesday and is scheduled to get the results later today, and though he wouldn't rule out playing this weekend, he reportedly sounded less than optimistic.

Whether it's the knee issue or Father Time inevitably catching up with him, the likely Hall of Famer has been struggling mightily this season, connetcing on 17-of-25 field goals (68 percent) and 22-of-28 extra point attempts (79 percent). Both numbers are career worsts by far. He has made only five of 12 field goals from beyond 40 yards.

But despite his struggles, Patriots fans would probably love to have Vinatieri back after the team has gone through Stephen Gostkowski, Mike Nugent, Nick Folk, and Kai Forbath in the first 12 games of the season.

Either way, Bill Belichick has three days to figure out who will line up for kicks Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Colts working out ex-Patriots kicker Mike Nugent with Adam Vinatieri struggling

Colts working out ex-Patriots kicker Mike Nugent with Adam Vinatieri struggling

It appears the Indianapolis Colts may decide to go from one ex-New England Patriots kicker to another this season.

With the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri continuing to struggle, the Colts brought in four kickers for workouts on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

One of those kickers was Mike Nugent, who briefly filled in for the injured Stephen Gostkowski in New England before being replaced by Nick Folk.

Vinatieri is 14-for-19 in field goal attempts this year and 14-for-20 in extra points. The former Pats hero missed a crucial PAT during the Colts' loss to the lowly Dolphins on Sunday.

The 11 total missed kicks tie Vinatieri's career high set way back in 1996, when he missed eight field goals and three PATs as a 23-year-old rookie.

As for Nugent, the 37-year-old went 5-of-8 for field goals and a nearly perfect 15-of-16 in extra points in four games with the Patriots.

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