Raiders work out three kickers, Janikowski out?

Raiders work out three kickers, Janikowski out?
October 21, 2011, 8:46 pm
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ALAMEDA -- With record-setting placekicker Sebastian Janikowski "questionable" to play Sunday against Kansas City with a strained left hamstring, the Raiders worked out three kickers as potential replacements.

Rhys Lloyd, Ricky Schmitt and Dave Rayner went through the paces after the team finished practice, according to long snapper Jon Condo.

Lloyd has kicked for Carolina, Schmitt was on the Raiders' practice squad in 2008 and Rayner was with Dallas this preseason.

"I'll go over there in a minute and find out who can kick," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "If something comes up where we need a kicker, we'll have one."

Janikowski, who has converted 12 of 13 field goals this season, including five of six from 50 yards or longer, appeared on the Raiders injury report Thursday. His only miss this season was from 56 yards at home against the New York Jets and he tied the record for longest field goal in NFL history with his 63-yarder at Denver in the season opener.

Jackson, though, said Janikowski's injury had nothing to do with the the Raiders' fake field goal and eschewing the 23-yard field goal by going for it on 4th-and-1 against Cleveland last week.

"It's a huge part of our football team if he can't go," Jackson said. "I'm not going to make any excuses. If he can't go, he can't go. We'll get somebody that can. That's the way it works. We'll be fine."

Condo, though, said no Janikowski means more work for the offense.

"Yeah, I mean, with Sebastian out there in the field, our offense just needs to get the ball across the 50(-yard line) in certain situations, 45 basically," Condo said. "The 45(-yard line) and in, we're looking, Shane and I are looking and saying, 'Hey, we can kick a field goal here.'

"So that might have some effect on our offense and the driving range but you know what, we have one of the best punters if we're on the 44-, 43-yard line, we have one of the best punters in the league to kick it inside the 5-, 10-yard line and we have confidence in Shane (Lechler) to do that."