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.
Janikowski (back) was limited at practice Thursday. A restructured contract ensures that Janikowski will remain with the Raiders, but the veteran kicker's limitations at practice this week are a bit concerning in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Titans. Per the San Jose Mercury News, if Janikowski is unavailable in Week 1, the team could, in the short term, turn to another kicker such as Giorgio Tavecchio, Josh Lambo, Mike Nugent or Marshall Koehn.
Janikowski (back) and the Raiders reworked his contract for the 2017 season, and it won't impact his availability for the team's Week 1 matchup with the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Janikowski had two things potentially holding him out of Week 1, but now one of the two has officially put behind him. A lingering back problem kept him limited at Wednesday's practice, so it's worth monitoring his practice status throughout the week and his official designation for the contest, which will arrive Friday. If Janikowski is ruled out of the contest, the Raiders could sign free agent Josh Lambo to handle kicking duties after Lambo impressed during his recent tryout with Oakland.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||25||10.00|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||20||8.50|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||14||7.00|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||26||10.00|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||8.50|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||10.00|