Gostkowski on mend after surgery

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski isn't too happy about having to spend Thanksgiving on crutches while his teammates play in Detroit, but he's making the best of it and looking forward to when he returns to the field.

“I was pretty bummed about it,” the former Pro Bowler told the Boston Herald. “But I’ve had time to sit and think about it. You can control things like playing well or playing bad. That hits me a lot harder than injury. It’s out of my control. I can’t physically be out there. Nothing I can do to fix it except rehab and get better and look forward to next season and cheer the guys on for this year.”

Gostkowski, who joined Patriots owner Robert Kraft and some teammates at Goodwill headquarters handing out Thanksgiving turkeys on Tuesday, underwent surgery last week on his right quad. He had been placed on injured reserve Nov. 10.

Goskowski said he wasn't immediately aware of the seriousness of the injury. “I tried to kick through it, and I couldn’t get anywhere,” he said. “I got it checked out and it ended up being a lot worse than we thought.”

He said he plans to be back in action next season. “Depending on how it goes, it seems to be something that won’t have repercussions in the future if I do a good job of recovering,” he said. “It’s something that’s good to keep the spirits up, knowing that I should be back, and try to get back to where I was.”