This was to be the final season of Sebastian Janikowski’s contact and most likely his farewell season in Silver & Black. That was tripped up by a back injury which landed him on injured reserve on the eve of the season opener.
A recent roster decision could signal he’s already played his last game in a Raiders uniform.
Today the team designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton for return from injury reserve, Vic Tafur first reported. This means he can return to practice over the next two weeks and be back on the roster for the final three games.
After the return of Obi Melifonwu in week nine, the team had just one more player they were allowed to designate for return. There were several players who were eligible for it, including Janikowski. With Hamilton being the choice to return, Janikowski’s season is officially done.
Janikowski’s replacement, Giorgio Tavecchio, has performed admirably this season. Though he did miss a 35-yard field goal late against the Broncos last week.
The team clearly feels comfortably enough with the work Tavecchio is doing to let him keep the job the remainder of the season. Alternately, they may not feel comfortable with Janikowski’s back being right.
This offseason Janikowski will turn 40-yard-old. He said he wanted to play into his 40s which means that after 18 years in Oakland, this could be it for Seabass aka the Polish Cannon.