ALAMEDA -- Sebastian Janikowski's troublesome left hamstring landed the placekicker back on the injury report and he was one of 16 Raiders listed. Nine players did not practice.In fact, Janikowski has been slowed since the week of Oct. 17 with the injury. And yet, he was feted as the AFC's special teams player of the month on Wednesday after successfully converting 10 of 11 field goals in November and all 10 of his extra-point attempts.
"I don't think anyone has played as injured as he's played," quarterback Carson Palmer observed of Janikowski. "He is playing at about 60 percent, maybe 50 percent. That doesn't happen. For him to suck it up and go out there and take two steps on the kickoff and just try not to tear his hamstring in half and get his team in the right position, and get his defense set up with a longer field, for him to do that for the team, guys recognize that and appreciate that."Sunday, Janikowski kicked a franchise-record six field goals in the Raiders' 25-20 defeat of Chicago."Maybe he kicked too many field goals," coach Hue Jackson said with a laugh. "You never know. He did an excellent job. Hopefully we'll get him back out here soon. He'll be fine."I told you, I'm always going to be cautious with these players."Before his injury, the big-legged Janikowski, who was also the AFC's special teams player of the month for September, had touchbacks on 19 of his 34 kickoffs. Since his injury, a mere four of 24.The rest of the Raiders' injury report for Wednesday, then:Did not practice: RB Darren McFadden (foot), WRKR Jacoby Ford (foot), QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), WR Denarius Moore (footankle), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DT Richard Seymour (knee), PK Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring), MLB Rolando McClain (ankle).Limited practice: DE Lamarr Houston (knee), FS Michael Huff (ankle), S Mike Mitchell (ankle), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring).Full practice: CB Chris Johnson (hamstringgroin).
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"