Janikowski's agent said Wednesday that his client is over the back injury that sidelined him in 2017 and intends to play during the upcoming season, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Janikowski's 18-year tenure with the Raiders will officially come to an end March 14, when the soon-to-be 40-year-old hits unrestricted free agency after the organization informed him Wednesday that he wouldn't be retained next season. The 2000 first-round selection had been at risk of losing his roster spot ahead of the 2017 campaign in favor of Giorgio Tavecchio, but Janikowski's back injury allowed the Raiders to stash him on injured reserve and delay parting ways with the franchise scoring leader. With extended time off to recuperate, it sounds like Janikowski is back to full health, but the kicker could face a cool reception in free agency. In addition to his advanced age, Janikowski was below average in terms of accuracy in 2015 and 2016, converting 50 of 61 field-goal tries (82 percent) and missing three extra-point attempts during that span.
Janikowski (back) won't return this season, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Having used one of their designated-to-return spots to activate rookie safety Obi Melifonwu from injured reserve Nov. 4, the Raiders tabbed Antonio Hamilton (knee) for the other Tuesday. Janikowski will thus remain on IR for the rest of the 2017 season as he recovers from an injured disc in his back. In his absence, Giorgio Tavecchio will handle kicking duties for the final five games of the campaign.
Janikowski will not require surgery on the injured disc in his back, and he could return in eight weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Janikowski was surprisingly placed on injured reserve Saturday after initially being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans. The possibility that he could return is a plus for the Raiders, though with only two opportunities to use the IR-return designation, it's unclear if they would use it on him.
Janikowski (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Janikowski was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but the move still comes as a bit of a surprise after Janikowski was able to practice throughout the week on a limited basis. The 39-year-old is now out for the season, unless the Raiders elect to utilize one of their two IR-return designations on him. Oakland signed Giorgio Tavecchio off its practice squad to fill in for the veteran, and he'll make his first ever regular-season appearance against the Titans on Sunday.
Janikowski (back), who was limited at practice all week, is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Titans. Janikowski remains the only kicker on the Raiders' 53-man roster, but the team has added insurance in advance of Sunday's contest in the form of Giorgio Tavecchio, who was added to the team's practice squad Friday. Looking ahead, the most telling sign with regard to any sort of doubt regarding Janikowski's Week 1 status would of course be a move this weekend to promote Tavecchio to the active roster.
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