Nugent (hip) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The transaction officially rules Nugent out for the next eight weeks, leaving Matt McCrane to handle the kicking job Sunday against Cleveland. The Raiders may eventually look at other options if McCrane struggles, which is a distinct possibility given that he has never kicked in a regular-season game.
Oakland signed kicker Matt McCrane with Nugent dealing with a hip injury, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Nugent came out of Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Dolphins with a hip injury. While Nugent hasn't officially been ruled out, the move to sign McCrane likely signals he'll miss a game or more.
Nugent came out of Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Dolphins with a hip injury and could miss time as a result of the issue, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. If Nugent was playing through pain Sunday, it wasn't evident in his numbers, as the veteran kicker converted field-goal attempts from 25 and 52 yards and drilled both of his extra-point tries. The injury nonetheless prompted the Raiders to stage a workout Tuesday for multiple kickers, suggesting the team might be preparing for life without Nugent for at least the Week 4 matchup with the Browns, if not additional games to follow. More clarity on the Raiders' plans should come later in the week, when the team would likely announce the signing of any potential replacement for Nugent.
Nugent connected on both of his field-goal attempts and added a pair of extra points in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Dolphins. Nugent was perfect from 25 and 52 yards in Week 3, adding the 50-plus yarder with less than a minute left in the contest to make it a one-score game late. The 36-year-old has yet to miss a field-goal attempt in six tries this season as he looks to maintain his momentum against the Browns in Week 4.
Nugent made a pair of field goals from 26 and 46 yards to go along with an extra-point conversion in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos. Nugent also had an extra-point attempt blocked following Marshawn Lynch's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, which ultimately proved costly as the Raiders lost by one. Nugent is perfect on four field-goal attempts through the first two weeks of the season, totaling 14 points and two makes from 40-plus.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||31||9.00|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|