According to Ian Rapoport, the disc injury that led to the Raiders placing K Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday won’t require surgery, which means it’s possible Janikowski could return to the team in after Week 8.
The Raiders promoted K Giorgio Tavecchio to their active roster and plan to move forward with him as their place kicker, at least until Janikowski is ready to return.
Janikowski, 39, is a former first-round pick of the Raiders back in 2000. He’s currently in the final year of his five-year, $18.9 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $4.05 million for the 2017 season when he restructured his contract last week.
He agreed to a $1 million pay cut and will earn a $3 million fully guaranteed salary.
In 2016, Janikowski appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders and converted 29 of 35 field goal attempts (82.9 percent) to go along with 37 of 39 field goal tries (94.9 percent) and 43 touchbacks.