Sebastian Janikowski reportedly will not need back surgery

Sebastian Janikowski

The Oakland Raiders' new kicker Giorgio Tavecchio has been putting on an impressive performance as he tries to replace Sebastian Janikowski as the team's leader on special teams, but he may need to go into hiding after getting absolutely embarrassed by Adoree Jackson.

Janikowski, the Raiders' longest-tenured player and all-time leading scorer, made 82.9 percent of his kicks last season. The Raiders have Janikowski on injured reserve with a sore back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster. He has converted 80.4 percent of his career field goal attempts and 98.9 percent of his extra point attempts. He also is the National Football League career leader in made field goals of at least 50 yards with 55 and his 63-yard field goal in the 2011 season opener is tied for the second-longest in team history. The Raiders expect Janikowski to be cleared and eligible to return to the team in eight weeks.

Tavecchio has never played in a regular season game, but he has spent time with Oakland in each of the last four preseasons. Mason Crosby converted under 64 percent of his field goal attempts a year ago, so the Packers are bringing in offseason competition.



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