For the most part the Raiders have been fortunate thus far through the preseason as far as injuries go. The team hasn’t lost any major contributors due to season-ending injuries but there are plenty of walking wounded.
Aaron Curry’s knee looks like it will be problematic for the foreseeable future. Same just might go for Denarius Moore’s hamstring and Jacoby Ford’s foot. Time will tell if the aforementioned men will be able to shake their nagging injuries as the regular season nears. Odds are we’ll be hearing about these week-in and week-out once the preseason ends.
You can also add another name to that list of preseason occurrences with potentially long reaching regular season implications.
Last night Sebastian Janikowski tweaked his groin while trying to chase down former Raider Justin Miller on a 79-yard kick return during Oakland’s 31-20 win over Detroit.
In the short term it would appear the Raiders didn’t miss much as replacement Eddy Carmona did his best Jano by banging a 56-yarder just before the half. However in the long term this is troubling.
Janikowski was bothered by a similar injury for most of last season causing him to miss a game and even affecting the Raiders offensive philosophy. Janiskowski’s leg is such that as soon as the team is within the 70-yard range he becomes a weapon. An injured Seabass means a different approach in play calling and risk taking.
Makes you wonder why Jano would even risk running down a guy he had no chance of catching. As of now there is no update on Janikowski’s status going forward but I’d be surprised to see him in the preseason finale next week. Time to get this team into regular season mode starting with keeping everyone healthy for the Monday Night opener.