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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.
Pinerio (groin) missed his third consecutive practice Tuesday, Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News reports.
Along with his missed practices, Pineiro was also sidelined for the Raiders most recent exhibition loss to the Rams. While the rookie appeared to have an upper leg over MIke Nugent in the kicking competition, an extended absence could derail his hopes to win the role. The battle will need to be monitored going forward.
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 left Wednesday's practice early with an apparent injury, Jerry McDonald of the East Bay Times reports.
The timing of the injury could not have been worse for Pinerio who had reportedly been widening the gap between him and Mike Nugent for the starting job. Details regarding the extent of the injury have not yet been released. As long as Pineiro doesn't miss too much time, he still figures to be the favorite as the regular season quickly approaches.