Schefter: Seabass could be out

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
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This has to be worrisome for the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Oakland is bringing in kickers Friday because it fears kicker Sebastian Janikowski could miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury.

With the Raiders entering their bye week, Janikowski could possibly be in danger of just missing the Chiefs’ game on Sunday. But that wouldn’t be ideal.

Janikowski is the most dangerous kicker in the league. He helped beat Houston with three field goals of 50-plus yards, which tied an NFL record. In Week 1, he tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal.

When drives stall, the Raiders still have a chance with Janikowski. They’d miss that if they have to bring in a street kicker for this game. It may be another reason to start Carson Palmer instead of Kyle Boller. The Raiders will need to get closer to the end zone as much as possible without Janikowski.

In other AFC West nuggets:

In an Insider piece, KC Joyner doesn’t like what he sees from the Chargers for the short and long term.

Meanwhile, SportsCenter showed a graphic Friday that shows since 2007, the beginning of the Norv Turner era, the Chargers have a .652 winning percentage in the regular season, which is the fifth best in the NFL. However, of the teams with the seven best winning percentages in that time span, San Diego is the only team not to advance to the Super Bowl. Joyner’s piece suggests that won’t change anytime soon.

Andrew Brandt has a strong outline of the very real risk of the Palmer trade for the Raiders. Here is a video debate on how Palmer will impact Oakland.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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