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Raiders put Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve, call up Giorgio Tavecchio

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0:46 | NFL         2017 Oakland Raiders Preview

The Raiders had signed Tavecchio on Friday as insurance if Janikowski wasn't healed and brought him to Tennessee in case he needed to be activated.

Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is the first player since the merger of the NFL and AFL to hit two field goals for at least 50 yards in his league debut, according to the AP's Josh Dubow.

The team made the move a day before the season opener against the Titans.

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Janikowski has been in the news recently due to a contract dispute with the Raiders. He's 9-for-11 on field goals in the preseason.

Although he has never played in a regular-season game, the Raiders know Tavecchio well: He has been with them for the last four preseasons while Janikowski has taken a lightened workload. Mason Crosby converted under 64 percent of his field goal attempts previous year, so the Packers are bringing in offseason competition.

Janikowski will have to miss at least eight weeks.

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