Sebastian Janikowski Placed on IR with Back Injury; Giorgio Tavecchio Signed

Kristopher Nichols
September 11, 2017

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

The Tennessee Titans kick returner showed off his impressive speed and moves on a return after the Raiders went up 23-13 in the season opener, but it was a jump on the play that got everyone in the stands (and watching on television at home) off of their feet nearly as high as he got.

The team signed Giorgio Tavecchio off practice squad to kick.

Janikowski joined the Raiders as a surprise first-round pick in 2000 and is one of the few remaining ties to late owner Al Davis. He made 3-of-4 field goals and 5-of-6 extra points for the Raiders during the 2017 preseason.

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NFL Media's Ian Rapoport says Janikowski won't need surgery on his back and could return in eight weeks.

Although he has never played in a regular-season game, the Raiders know Tavecchio well: He has been with them for the last four preseasons while Janikowski has taken a lightened workload.

Tavecchio kicked in college at Cal and bounced around different teams after going undrafted in 2012.

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