Janikowski (hamstring) is retiring from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Janikowski has had one of the best careers of any kicker in NFL history, playing 19 seasons and making 436 career field goals, which is good enough to be tied for ninth all-time with Jason Elam. He spent last season with Seattle and made 22 of 27 attempts as well as 48 out of 51 extra point attempts before pulling his hamstring in the team's post-season loss to Dallas.
Coach Pete Carroll said Janikowski isn't expected to need surgery after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's playoff loss to the Cowboys, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "He didn't think he did something out of the ordinary of a hamstring pull, but it was certainly significant," Carroll said. Janikowski will turn 41 years old in March, which is the same month he's set to hit free agency again. He was fairly reliable as a place kicker, converting 22 of 27 field goals (81 percent) and 48 of 51 extra points (94 percent). The Seahawks will continue to evaluate Janikowski's injury and likely ponder the free-agent market along with incoming rookies before making a decision to re-up his contract.
Janikowski (thigh) was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's wild-card game at Dallas, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Janikowski suffered the injury on a failed 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Punter Michael Dickson would likely fill in if the Seahawks opt to utilize a kicker, but the team understandably decided to attempt a two-point conversion following its third-quarter touchdown instead.
Janikowski is questionable to return to Saturday's wild-card game at Dallas after suffering a thigh injury, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. Janikowski missed a 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half and appeared to be in significant pain as he immediately began clutching his leg. The 40-year-old made field goals from 42 and 27 yards earlier in the game, but he may be unavailable to kick in the second half. According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, punter Michael Dickson began practicing field goals during halftime as the Seahawks attempt to patch together a potential solution.
Janikowski converted the game-winning, 33-yard field goal versus the Cardinals on Sunday. He also hit a 42-yarder and all three extra points. This is the third time this year Janikowski drilled a field goal to win the game with time expiring. Janikowski finished the season making 22 of 27 field goals (81 percent) and 48 of 51 extra points (94 percent). He showed he can still knock home the deep kick, too, with a 56-yard field goal in Week 2 versus the Bears. The 40-year-old still has some juice left in the tank, but he's regressing faster than the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri did at that age. Janikowski's contract with the Seahawks will expire after this season, so Seattle may re-sign him if the market for kickers is dry.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|5||10/04||Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|9||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|17||12/29||San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|