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Mike Nugent has hip injury, Raiders look to sign new kicker this week

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Undrafted rookie Eddy Pineiro was supposed to be the team’s kicker this season. They brought in Mike Nugent in training camp to replace left-footed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio who was the team’s kicker last year. But it was clearly Pineiro’s job to lose. Then Pineiro was lost to an injury and the job was Nugent’s.

Now Nugent is injured. The veteran kicker suffered a hip injury in the team’s game in Miami, and Jon Gruden is concerned he may not be able to go against the Browns this week. Unlike some positions, there is no backup kicker, so when the kicker can’t go, a replacement must be added.

“We’ll be trying out numerous people, trying to find the best available kicker possible,” Gruden said Monday. “Rich Bisaccia, and I know Reggie McKenzie, are up there working getting some flights organized right now.”

For those wondering, no Pineiro is not an option. He was placed on injured reserve and is out for the season. In order to even be eligible to return after eight games, Pineiro would have had to be on the initial roster on the final cutdown to 53.

Tavecchio is certainly an option, though he was released because the team didn’t want Johnny Townsend to have to keep switching sides as the holder.

There are a lot of experiences kickers out there. Dan Bailey was the top free agent out there until last week when he signed with the Vikings. The short list of remaining possibilities include Cairo Santos, Dan Carpenter, Nick Novak, and Kai Forbath.