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'Bummed' Gostkowski sets sights on 2011

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  November 23, 2010 11:04 PM

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The Patriots took part in the annual "Thanksgiving in a basket" event at Goodwill headquarters in Boston tonight, and one of the current players on hand was Stephen Gostkowski.

The kicker is on metal crutches right now after undergoing surgery last Tuesday to repair the torn quadriceps that landed him on injured reserve Nov. 10. Gostkowski had visibly struggled in the Pats' previous game, in Cleveland, leading to Wes Welker kicking a PAT late in the game.

"I’m doing good,” Gostkowski said. “I was bummed at first – I’m still bummed – but I’m in good spirits, and I’m going to do my best to get ready for next year."

He said doctors have no way of determining whether the tear happened during one moment in Cleveland or over time.

"I thought the prognosis wasn’t going to be as bad," he said. "I’m just trying to do my best to get ready to go next year and cheer the team on this year."

Unable to carry the baskets to families' cars like other players were doing, Gostkowski instead signed autographs and posed for pictures.

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