Raiders Place K Sebastian Janikowski On IR

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The Oakland Raiders have placed kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

The team signed Giorgio Tavecchio off practice squad to kick.

Janikowski has been in the news recently due to a contract dispute with the Raiders.

Janikowski had been listed on the Raiders' injury report with a back injury.

The 39-year-old kicker joins rookie safety Obi Melifonwu and veteran offensive lineman Denver Kirkland on IR.

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Kirkland is a reliable backup at guard for Pro Bowlers Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson, while Melifonwu, a second-round pick from UConn, was expected to contribute a lot to their secondary.

The Oakland Raiders have a lot of hype to live up to this year given the number of National Football League analysts who have them not only winning the AFC West but making significant noise in the playoffs.

Janikowski has a career field-goal percentage of 80.4 and even last season he made 82.9 percent of his attempts, meaning he's still kicking at a fairly decent clip.

The Raiders' transition to Tavecchio will be somewhat easier on holder/punter Marquette King since the former Bear is left-footed, like Janikowski. A disc issue makes it even more hard, due to the need for strength in the back and core.

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