New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy, according to multiple media reports Thursday.
The Patriots did not announce who handle field goals or kickoffs Sunday, but ESPN reported the team will sign Kai Forbath.
Forbath, 32, has yet to play in the NFL this season after appearing in three games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, going 4 of 5 on field-goal attempts. Forbath was the Minnesota Vikings' full-time kicker in 2017.
Rookie punter Jake Bailey, who kicked field goals in high school, has handled the Patriots' kickoffs for the past seven weeks.
It is the second time this season the Patriots have needed a replacement at kicker after Stephen Gostkowski (hip) was placed on season-ending injury reserve. They previously signed Mike Nugent but released him after a month, during which he made 5 of 8 field-goal tries and 15 of 16 extra-point attempts.
Folk is 7 of 9 on field-goal tries and 3-for-3 on PATs for the Patriots since he was signed Oct. 30.
--Field Level Media