INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 24, 2006) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed kicker Martin Gramatica as a replacement for the injured Adam Vinatieri.
Vinatieri, the Colts' biggest offseason acquisition, was deactivated for the game against Jacksonville because of a groin injury. It's the first time in Vinatieri's 11-year career he has missed a game.
The Colts also deactivated Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders (knee), former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon (knee) and receiver Brandon Stokley (ankle). Simon missed his third straight game since having arthroscopic surgery on the knee in August.
To make room for Gramatica, Indianapolis placed tight end Ben Hartsock on injured reserve with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action almost since training camp started. That ends Hartsock's season.
Jacksonville deactivated backup running back Derrick Wimbush (knee) and defensive lineman Marcellus Wiley (groin).
The Jaguars kept all five of their starters listed as questionable -- safety Donovin Darius (back), receiver Matt Jones (groin), guard Chris Naeole (knee), defensive end Paul Spicer (groin) and defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (ankle) -- active for the game.