Raiders place K Sebastian Janikowski on IR with back injury

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Oakland had to go with Tavecchio in the season opener after placing longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski on the injured reserve with a herniated disc.

The Raiders announced the signing of Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the franchise as a member of the practice squad, to the active roster Saturday after placing Janikowski on IR.

Janikowski has been in the news recently due to a contract dispute with the Raiders. He made 3-of-4 field goals and 5-of-6 extra points for the Raiders during the 2017 preseason.

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Janikowski's 1,799 points are the 10th most in National Football League history, and his 268 games and 17 seasons played are Raiders records. The Raiders expect Janikowski to be cleared and eligible to return to the team in eight weeks.

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last four preseasons, and has connected on a combined 9-of-11 field goal attempts in preseason action. Mason Crosby converted under 64 percent of his field goal attempts past year, so the Packers are bringing in offseason competition.

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