Sebastian Janikowski's Injury Could Keep Him Out Of Chiefs-Raiders Game

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders kicks a fifty four yard field goal against the New York Jets in the second quarter during an NFL football game at the O.co Coliseum September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Raiders might be without K Sebastian Janikowski this weekend when they host the Chiefs.

It appears the Oakland Raiders are unlikely to have kicker Sebastian Janikowski in their Week 7 showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs. Janikowski appeared on Thursday's injury report with a hamstring injury and several reports indicate the Raiders may have to sit him for several weeks.

The Raiders are trying out kickers on Friday which is a good bet Janikowski will be out on Sunday against the Chiefs. The Raiders injury report will be coming out on Friday afternoon.

Normally the loss of a kicker isn't a very big deal but Janikowski makes the field significantly shorter for the Raiders offense thanks to his leg strength, which is the best in the league. Janikowski tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal earlier this season.

The Raiders and their new quarterback, Carson Palmer, are favored over the Chiefs this weekend. Check out SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride for more on what Janikowski's possible absence means for the Raiders. 

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