Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo, struggling through three games, won't play in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo, who has struggled in the first three games of the season, will not play in Thursday's night's game at Cincinnati.

Lambo missed practice on Monday and Tuesday for what the team called personal reasons and was ruled out on Wednesday afternoon. Matthew Wright was signed to the practice squad on Monday and will be promoted to the active roster and kick against the Bengals.

Lambo is 0-for-3 on field goal attempts through the first three games: He missed a 55-yard attempt wide left in the season-opening loss at Houston and missed a 52-yard attempt wide right and a 48-yard attempt wide left against the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Lambo did not attempt a field goal in last week's loss to Arizona but missed two PATs.

Lambo earned the Lambomatic nickname because he had made 95% of his field goal attempts with the Jaguars (76 of 80) from the time he joined the team in October 2017 through the 2020 season. That's the best field goal percentage in the NFL of any kicker with more than four attempts -- better than Baltimore's Justin Tucker (91.8%), who was a two-time Pro Bowler and twice a first-team All-Pro over the same span. Lambo had actually missed more PATs (six) than field goal attempts. He was especially good from long range, hitting on 12 of his 13 attempts of 50 or more yards.

Lambo made all five of his field goal attempts last season, but a hip injury landed him on IR twice and the Jaguars ended up have six players attempt a PAT or field goal, which per Elias Sports Bureau is the most by an NFL team since the 1970 merger.

Even though Lambo was healthy, the Jaguars began training camp with Aldrick Rosas -- one of the six kickers they used last year -- also on the roster, but they released him two days later. Lambo had an up-and-down camp and preseason, but the team stuck with him.

Wright made all four of his field goal attempts and all seven of his PATs in three games with Pittsburgh last season.