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Colts Hoping Vinarieri Will be Back at 100 Percent in 2011

The Colts are hoping to get their solid kicker, Adam Vinarieri, back to 100 percent for 2011, and spoke to about coming back from injury.

Vinatieri, in his 15th season and fifth with the Colts, turned in perhaps the best season of his Colts career, missing two field goals and finishing third in the NFL in scoring with 129 points.

“Last year I was still feeling it quite a bit throughout the season,” Vinatieri said. “I tried to get back onto the field as much as I could last year and it took me a little while. But this whole year, this offseason, we spent a lot of time strengthening my back and doing some rehab and making sure that I was healthy.

“I knew that the surgeries that I did have were definitely non-career threatening surgeries. It was just a matter of getting back and getting healthy. That’s the nature of this sport. After seasons are over, a lot of guys have shoulders and knees and stuff that have to be fixed and then you go into next year. I figured if we had the offseason to get ready and prepared and get healthy again it should be a successful season.”

Vinatieri in the post-season converted all three field-goal attempts in a 17-16 loss to the New York Jets in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game. Trailing 14-13 inside the two-minute warning, the Colts reached the Jets 33-yard line with just under a minute remaining. The Colts were left with a 50-yard field goal to take the lead, and Vinatieri – as he had been for the previous 10 weeks – was perfect with the kick with 53 seconds remaining.

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