BOSTON - Following the release of New England Patriot’s kicker Nick Folk on Friday, the team has picked up Kai Forbath.

As shared by Boston.com, Folk was released following emergency surgery for his appendix. The Patriots have now picked up Forbath to take Folk’s place, a move that could be permanent or temporary.

Speaking about the change on Friday, Bill Belichick dodged questions on whether Folk will return following his recovery. In Belichick style, he focused strictly on the Pats playing the Houston Texans this coming Sunday, as reported by ESPN.

“Well, right now we’re going to go down and play Houston, try to go down and beat Houston,” Belichick told reporters on Friday. “That’s the intention right now. That’s our goal. So, we’ll worry about next week next week.”

Getting Forbath on board is also a focus for the Patriots who have had problems with the kicker position this season following the leave of Stephen Gostkowski, who underwent hip surgery, as well as Mike Nugent, who was released at the end of October.

“We’ll do introductions so you can get to know everybody,” Belichick said. “Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. We worked Kai out earlier this fall, I don’t know, three or four weeks ago, whenever it was.”

While Belichick did side step questions regarding Folk’s return, he did comment on acquiring another kicker so late in the season.

“It’s not what you want, it’s not ideal, but we’ll keep going,” he said.

Forbath previously played college football at UCLA before joining the Cowboys as a free agent back in 2011. He has most recently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars after leaving the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.

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