The Raiders designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton as their second player eligible to return from injured reserve on Tuesday, which means that other players on injured reserve are definitely out for the rest of the year.
That group includes kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who was placed on the list ahead of the team’s first game of the season due to a back injury. Giorgio Tavecchio has made 12-of-15 field goals and 25-of-26 extra points since taking over the role.
Janikowski’s season is definitely over and his long run in Oakland may be over as well. Janikowski is set for free agency after the season and his spot on the Raiders roster this year was uncertain until he took a $1 million pay cut just before winding up on injured reserve.
Janikowski was the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2000 and is the franchise’s leader in games played. He’s also the NFL’s all-time leader in field goals of 55 or more yards.