IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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. Oakland signed Giorgio Tavecchio off their practice squad to fill in for the veteran, and will make his first ever regular season appear against the Titans on Sunday.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back), who was limited at practice all week, is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back) was limited at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back) and the Raiders reworked his contract and it will not an issue heading into Week 1 against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Saturday.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

The Raiders worked out Josh Lambo, Mike Nugent and Marshall Koehn on Monday, but so far Janikowski is the only kicker the team rosters. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area relayed that Janikowski "let some kickoffs fly on the side during periods open to the media" at Wednesday's practice, but also suggested that "it remains uncertain at this stage" whether Janikowski will be available for Sunday's game against the Titans.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
2 months ago

Janikowski (back) remains on the Raiders' roster as of Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski and the Raiders are at an impasse, contract-wise, but 1/17th of his $4 million salary is now guaranteed due to his presence on the 53-man roster Tuesday afternoon. The remainder will be guaranteed as of Saturday at 4 PM ET, so there's a good chance he knows his fate by week's end. In addition to the money owed Janikowski, he's been slow to recover from a back injury as he enters his age-39 season, spurring the team to try out a number of kickers recently, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If he finds himself out of a job in the near future, Janikowski is a good bet to receive another opportunity as the 10th-highest scoring kicker in NFL history.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
3 months ago

Janikowski declined the Raiders request to rework his contract, which could lead to the team going a different route at kicker entering the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski, who is tied for the NFL's longest tenure with his current team, is set to make $4 million this season. At this point he has not accepted a reworked deal, but that could change as early as Tuesday. The Raiders brought in Mike Nugent, Josh Lambo, and Marshall Koehn to work out Monday, all of whom lost their positional battles with other teams during training camp. The situation will need to be monitored of the next couple days.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
3 months ago

Janikowski was rested during the Raiders' third preseason game against the Cowboys, while fellow kicker Giorgio Tavecchio connected on 2-of-3 extra-point attempts.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski remains the favorite to start at kicker for the Raiders in 2017, but the team has elected to rest the 39-year-old and give Tavecchio additional reps throughout the preseason. Janikowski's big leg combined with Oakland's potent offense should make him a serviceable fantasy option moving forward, though regression may become a factor due to his climbing age.

IRSebastian Janikowski
K OAK (10)
10 months ago

Janikowski didn't attempt a field goal and converted two of two PATs during the Raiders' 27-14 postseason loss to the Texans on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Perfectly coinciding with Derek Carr's (broken leg) absence, Janikowski didn't attempt a field goal in any of the Raiders' last three games as the offense simply couldn't move the ball on a consistent basis. Despite this sudden dropoff in usage, Janikowski still finished the 2016 campaign with the 10th-most field goals in the league and could make for an attractive fantasy option on an up-and-coming Oakland squad in 2017.