“We knew we had the issue in preseason but then once we got going, it was never really on the injury report," coach Frank Reich said, praising Vinatieri for his toughness. “He wasn’t being irresponsible to the team or anything. Everybody has aches and pains that you play through. He was performing out in practice. There was nothing physically that was limiting him. Then when it flared up (last week), that’s when we said ‘Hey, let’s get another scan on this thing.’ Then you see that surgery is required."
“Obviously, we’re all our biggest critics and anytime it’s not perfect, you want to make it perfect,” he said, “I don’t worry about the decisions that are being made.