Pineiro (groin) has been placed on injured reserve, Matt Schneidman of The Mercury News reports. It's a tough break for 22-year-old who appeared poised to take over the starting kicking duties in his rookie season. The Raiders even reportedly were keen on having veteran kicker Mike Nugent groom Pineiro and show him the ropes. That will no longer be the case, at least for this season, as Pineiro will spend his 2018 campaign rehabbing.
Pineiro (groin) will be evaluated next week to help determine his availability for the regular-season opener against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Pineiro has now missed two consecutive preseason games due to a groin injury. In his stead, Mike Nugent has converted three of four field goal attempts for the Raiders, but missed his only attempt from over 40 yards. Pineiro made six of seven attempts from 40-plus yards during his senior season at Florida and as a rookie has higher upside than Nugent, so Oakland will be hoping next week's evaluation determines that Pineiro will be good to go for the regular season.
Pineiro did not travel to Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams due to a groin injury, Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network reports. Pineiro was unable to play Saturday after tweaking his groin during Wednesday's practice, while additional updates regarding his status should become available within the next couple days. The rookie had an upper leg on the kicking competition over Mike Nugent prior to his injury, but the latter connected on his lone field-goal attempt from 31 yards Saturday.
Pineiro is one step closer to becoming the Raiders' starting kicker after the team waived Giorgio Tavecchio on Friday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Pineiro entered camp as the favorite after receiving a handsome $25,000 signing bonus as an undrafted free agent. He then impressed enough in camp to become the frontrunner for the job before Oakland's first preseason game, although it's worth noting that veteran Mike Nugent has just been brought in as competition. It's easy to see why the Raiders are intrigued by the 22-year-old's potential -- during Pineiro's final two seasons at the University of Florida, he knocked home 29 of 30 field-goal attempts (94.4 percent) and completed all five tries over 50 yards.
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